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Facebook community: 8 memorable patient handling calls

Check out some our members' memories of responses from over the years

By EMS1 Staff

For the latest in our 2012 Featured Product Focus series, focusing on patient handling, we asked our Facebook fans for their most memorable patient handling calls. Check them out and add your thoughts below!

 Had to have the fire department cut a hole in the wall of a mobile home to get the patient out. The hallways were too narrow for the patient to walk down. He had been in the room for six years! — Ken Rasmussen

 We were transporting a patient with a head injury from an MVA. The stretcher wheels did not fully open and lock while I was offloading him at the hospital. My partner closed his eyes as the stretcher hit the ground. Luckily no damage was done. — Arnold Bongani Matyila

 Got a medical call for dyspnea, working a two-person medic rig. Upon arrival, found a mid-30s, 5'5", 685 pound male in respiratory distress. Our cot was rated at 400 pounds. I Left my female partner to care for the patient, called the local fire deptartment for their 1,000 pound. stokes stretcher and lifting help, and proceeded to remove the antlers from our rig so the stokes would fit in the back. It ended up being a four-man lift to rig, then to the hospital. Fire department crew was great; they stayed with us to help move the patient back into the rig for transfer to the secondary facility. Sadly he passed away two days later, in essence from his obesity. He had gained over 300 pounds in just over a year after going from a factory job to driving a semi and never slowing down his eating. — Randy Bruns

Carrying a patient to the rig in three feet of snow. I couldn't see where we were walking, and had six guys holding the board. I was in the rear corner and yelled "Hole!" just as I sank another foot to a foot-and-a-half. Patient said she never knew someone had let go. Once all was said and done, we all had a good laugh at that one after checking to see if I had been injured! — Larry Broach

 I once had a psych patient smack me in the back with my Lifepak 12 while I was talking to my sherriff officer on scene. Looked like an 80s action extra when I flipped out of the ambulance. Amazing how fast a "catatonic" patient will take off running when they learn they're getting an involuntary commit. — Chance Gearheart

 Rappelling down the side of the Mike O'Callaghan Hospital with a patient that sustained a spinal injury after falling 10 feet from the roof of the elevator shaft to the main hospital roof. — Mark Riley

 Getting an unconscious diabetic off the roof of a trailer park home via a stokes basket and ladder truck. — Amy Lynn Kaplan 

 Everyone that I lost. We all do our best to save a life, but it is quickly learned that we are not able to save them all. — Dave Saunders

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Christopher Maloney Christopher Maloney Wednesday, November 14, 2012 9:31:53 AM One had a call for a child "trapped" in a vehicle. Found said kid with his finger caught in the gears of a toy car. Used mothers own phillips screw driver to take car apart.Doh!
Noelle Cunningham Pinkerton Noelle Cunningham Pinkerton Wednesday, November 14, 2012 10:54:05 AM One of my first calls, the senior EMT slipped while placing the backboard on the cot and sat on the patient's face!
Joyce M. Fansler Joyce M. Fansler Wednesday, November 14, 2012 11:50:19 AM Had one that was dispatched over the radio as "female that drank a glass of milk that had a worm in it." Dispatch was laughing upon dishing out this call to us.... Upon arrival... female states she drank the glass of milk that had the worm in it. Then she hands me a cup with milk still in it. So I poured the milk onto the concrete to see if there was anything wiggling anything in it... guess what no worm! I looked at the bottom of the cup & it was just a piece of dried on food particles from the dishwasher. She didn't believe me when I tried to explain that to her. It get's better.... She then tells me she drank the milk (and a worm) 3hrs prior to calling 911 and now the worm is causing her cervical pain!
Sharon Blanchard Mullane Sharon Blanchard Mullane Wednesday, November 14, 2012 12:37:07 PM whack job
Emilio Navedo Emilio Navedo Monday, December 03, 2012 11:18:06 PM I have been in EMS for 20 years now, and the love giving me brand new people to train. One day, I had a new partner, just out of the academy 2 days, and we get a all for someone who fell off the roof of a 2 story building. The patient had his leg hook up on the way down, and you can see where his face went splat against the wall and tumbled as he went down. Needless to say he had 2 broken legs and a head injury. I was trying to put collar on the patient and straighten him out to put him on long board, when my partner came running and screams...: "Don't touch him, we got to call 911.." Everyone on scene, the Fire Fighters, Cops, bystanders and I all turned and looked at him and I stated "We are 911..". I know he felt like an idiot after that.
Marc Basile Marc Basile Monday, December 03, 2012 11:24:40 PM He's young bro..Teach him well..
Emilio Navedo Emilio Navedo Monday, December 03, 2012 11:36:53 PM Unfortunately he was drummed out of EMS because of criminal charges years ago.

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