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Medics saw 'dead' crash victim was breathing

Ambulance Victoria CEO Greg Sassella said the paramedics could not explain their actions

By Sue Turpie
Bendigo Advertiser

MELBOURNE, Australia — Two senior paramedics saw that a man trapped in a Melbourne car crash was breathing but still inexplicably pronounced him dead and left the scene.

Medical logs show the paramedics agreed Daniel Huf was breathing when they examined the 30-year-old in the wreck of his car, yet still wrongly declared him dead, Ambulance Victoria said.

Full story: Medics saw 'dead' crash victim was breathing

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Jerry McNuge Jerry McNuge Monday, April 16, 2012 1:49:16 PM Blame it on the pressures of the crash scene. We are in this line of work because we are the ones that have to make decisions under stressful situations when no one else can. That's why people call us because they can't handle it. There is no excuse for not doing your job- find a new career.
Wayland Slater Wayland Slater Wednesday, April 18, 2012 11:49:19 AM Lapse of judgement? That's an understatement. Did they think the wreck was an April Fool's Day joke and the guy was faking it? What about the patient? Did someone else notice and took appropriate measures? Surely they did. Breathing = Alive. I'm sure I could go on and on, and others also. But I think I made the main point.
Doug Harwood Doug Harwood Thursday, April 19, 2012 2:52:36 PM I don't think we truly understand all the stresses of this job. The years of dealing with human tragedy, night shifts, lack of proper sleep, repeatedly going from a relaxed state to one of fight or flight. Someone once told me that you will err to the level of your responsibility.... Think of the publicized mistakes doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers have made, and I have to wonder why we don't see more stories like this about us.
Sarah Hagell Sarah Hagell Thursday, April 19, 2012 3:42:21 PM Wow
Amanda B Amanda B Thursday, April 19, 2012 6:34:46 PM OMG, speechless
Steve Jacobi Steve Jacobi Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:19:44 PM At least they admitted their mistake and are facing the consequences. The unfortunate events like this that happen in the US usually come with excuses and the union reps with no accountability or retraining. San Antonio and Ft. Myers are examples of that.
Steve Jacobi Steve Jacobi Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:21:11 PM We do see stories like this in the US all to often. It is just that the US is slow to learn from its mistakes and has many excuses for each occurence rather than retraining and education.

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