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Maine medics cleared in skier's death

Described skier's death as an unavoidable tragedy under the circumstances, saying believed the investigation found emergency responders did "everything possible" to save skier's life

By David F. Robinson

FARMINGTON, Maine — The state office that oversees emergency medical services has dismissed the complaints against an ambulance service that cared for David Morse, who died en route to the hospital after a skiing accident at the Sugarloaf ski resort earlier this year.

The Maine Emergency Medical Services on Wednesday released the findings of its investigation into allegations by Morse's wife, Dana Morse. She claimed the NorthStar ambulance crew that treated her husband after the accident did not care for him properly.

Full story: Maine medics cleared in skier's death

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Mackle Mart Mackle Mart Friday, April 06, 2012 7:57:29 PM I have been following this one. So, the paramedics did everything they could to save him, despite allegations from a family member that states the exact opposite. Hmmm....why does this sound familiar? Oh ya, because everyone and their mother knows how to provide prehospital care better than the trained professionals, and when the professionals don't do what an untrained person wants them to do, they must "not know what they are doing". My partner and I have a rule: no family members in the ambulance unless it is absolutely necessary. Examples would include but are not limited to......for translation or in order to potentially sign a consent form at the hospital. We are not a taxi service for family members. I don't know why family members believe it is their right to come in the ambulance.
Thomas Horne Thomas Horne Saturday, April 07, 2012 11:58:02 AM Marty I would not say that we have a rule but I do tell family members that under no circumstances will we provide transportation back from the hospital. Also because there is no National Highway Transportation Safety Administration accepted passenger seating in the back of the unit they will only ride in back with an infant or prepubescent child. Getting the truth out of teenagers is very difficult even without their Mom or Dad being present. So that is the reason that I like to keep the parents of anyone over twelve separate from their child while we are trying to get a real history out of teenage patients.
Mackle Mart Mackle Mart Sunday, April 08, 2012 8:52:33 PM Mr. Horne, I agree, I have never denied a parent from coming with their young child. One time I almost did, and came close to having to remove the child from the mother under the Child and Family Services Act, however, we finally allowed her tom come, but made her sit up front. I also believe that if the 911 call was placed and the patient is clearly not an emergency, then there is no reason to take a family member in the abulance. Many people believe that we are a taxi service that the hospital provides, so to prove a point, I tell them that we only take patients. They then ask me "well, how am I going to get to the hospital?" I reply "you're not the patient, you are not required to go to the hospital, but if you feel as though you need to be there, you can drive your personal vehicle, or you can call a taxi."

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