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Inside EMS
by Inside EMS

Quick Clip: Why violence against medics should be a felony

Have you ever been attacked while on duty? Sound off in the comment section below

By EMS1 Staff

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In this week's Inside EMS podcast quick clip, hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson discuss the startling trend of violence toward paramedics and EMTs.

"We're starting to see more instances where EMS professionals file a lawsuit or laws making it a serious misdemeanor or felony to attack emergency service professionals," Kelly said. "We’re starting to see a shift where we don’t accept that."

Have you ever been attacked while on duty? Does your state have strict laws against those who do attack first responders?

Sound off in the comment section below and stay tuned for the full Inside EMS podcast tomorrow.

About the author

Inside EMS, a podcast series that features hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson, brings expert perspective to hot topics, clinical issues, operational and leadership lessons to EMS personnel and leaders to be safe and successful.

Inside EMS is available for download on iTunes, SoundCloud and via RSS feed.
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Mark Kraus Mark Kraus Thursday, August 07, 2014 5:19:03 PM Last shift my partner got spit on by a patient... he got hit with a class 3 felony
Ebony Debroux Ebony Debroux Thursday, August 07, 2014 7:14:58 PM As a paramedicI've been attacked several times by pt's who are drunk, high, or mentally distributed. I protected myself by restraining them chemically and physically, but never has there been any charges placed on them. I wish there were things that could be fine, however it's just looked at as being part of the job.
Brad Forward Brad Forward Friday, August 08, 2014 3:17:33 PM Its sadly a right of passage in EMS. If you haven't been punched, kicked, bitten, spit on, shot at, intentionally bleed on, or some other form of assault, you haven't been on the job long enough. Will the "patients' who do this harm ever really be held accountable in most justisdictions? in my opinion no. They're usually deemed mentally not responsible because of the reason that they are under our care in the first place.
Raphael Saenz Raphael Saenz Sunday, August 10, 2014 1:21:43 AM I've been attacked, but I will definitely and always hit back!!

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