posted on Nov, 4 2013 @ 10:44 PM
reply to post by Lingweenie
I had to take a ambulance last year after my back gave out. I was basically paralyzed. The EMS tried to put me in a chair to carry me downstairs. When
they lifted me I was screaming bloody murder it hurt so bad. I refused and they ended up putting me on a back board for transport.
I've noticed the use of chairs for transport seems to be on the rise. They also used a lot of chairs during the Boston bombings, remember?
I thought I saw this video before and blood was clearly visible on the victim right side, but now it's not? Maybe it was a different victim and I
can't find that one. But it was very similar,
I understand that under certain circumstances policemen or any other emergency worker may need to act fast to save someones life. I just said that it
is the usual thing to have a person loaded on a stretcher in order to keep the neck and back straight in case they injured that area. Plus laying
still like that can also reduce the heart rate, and reduce bleeding. Since your heart is in a resting state, it has no need to pump blood faster.
Also, it is a bit odd for policemen to do this, paramedics are supposed to take care of it, since it is what they are trained to do after all. But as
I said earlier, I understand in an emergency situation, it's probably better to act than think. It's just not typical to happen.
And, also as far as your own experience, I can see why they choose to use a chair rather than a stretcher. It would probably very difficult and
awkward to try and take someone down a set of stairs, especially if you have a very narrow, and sharp corner. I have one staircase in my house and it
would be extremely difficult, may even impossible to get a stretcher either up or down the stairs. A chair would be one of the only options left since
it takes up much less area, and can be carried a bit easier.
In closing, I do understand and accept something like a wheelchair may be used. I just have never seen anything like it, so it seemed a bit odd to me.
And it probably goes against the usual protocol of a injured person.