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July 16, 2013
breakingnews:

5,000 patients a year denied air ambulances due to their weight
NBC News: An estimated 5,000 patients in the US each year are denied access to air ambulances during medical emergencies due to excessive weight.
The nation’s weight problem is forcing emergency medical transporters to increase their fleets with bigger helicopters in order to avoid leaving behind critically ill patients who exceed weight or height limits. When air emergency transport can’t take place, patients must travel by ground instead, a journey that can take twice as long. 
Photo courtesy of Air Methods via NBCNews.com

This is a tough situation, obviously—as there are significant cost factors involved. According to one study from last year, obesity now costs the medical field more than smoking.

breakingnews:

5,000 patients a year denied air ambulances due to their weight

NBC News: An estimated 5,000 patients in the US each year are denied access to air ambulances during medical emergencies due to excessive weight.

The nation’s weight problem is forcing emergency medical transporters to increase their fleets with bigger helicopters in order to avoid leaving behind critically ill patients who exceed weight or height limits. 

When air emergency transport can’t take place, patients must travel by ground instead, a journey that can take twice as long. 

Photo courtesy of Air Methods via NBCNews.com

This is a tough situation, obviously—as there are significant cost factors involved. According to one study from last year, obesity now costs the medical field more than smoking.

14:26 // 9 months ago
February 9, 2013
nbcnews:

Man billed after father dies waiting for ambulance
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Durand Ford, Jr. says the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Service Department has sent him a $780.85 bill for an ambulance that he called for his father early on the morning of Jan. 1.
Ford tells News4 that his father died waiting for that ambulance, after it took more than 30 minutes to arrive.
Read the complete story.

This sounds like something that happens in D.C. It’s awful and it deserves to be called out by the press.

nbcnews:

Man billed after father dies waiting for ambulance

(Photo: NBCWashington.com)

Durand Ford, Jr. says the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Service Department has sent him a $780.85 bill for an ambulance that he called for his father early on the morning of Jan. 1.

Ford tells News4 that his father died waiting for that ambulance, after it took more than 30 minutes to arrive.

Read the complete story.

This sounds like something that happens in D.C. It’s awful and it deserves to be called out by the press.

20:25 // 1 year ago
December 29, 2010
My heart really does go out to those who experienced trauma and tragedy during the storm. We take our emergency life-saving responsibilities very seriously and I’m extremely dissatisfied with the way our emergency-response systems performed.
New York mayor Michael Bloomberg • Expressing remorse about the crappy 911 service in NYC over the last couple of days due to the snow, which is leaving quite the mark on his reign. Multiple people died due to lacking and downright unavailable service, and over 1,700 911 calls went unanswered on Monday night and were stuck in a massive backlog. But the call volume itself was something else on Monday – 49,400 calls, the sixth-highest volume the emergency line has received in New York history. What happened, Mikey? source (viafollow)
21:53 // 3 years ago