Monday, July 25, 2016
Houston Fire Dept screens for ambulance need
Where appropriate the first responders set up a teleconference between the sick person and a physician using the tablets. The physician then monitors the patient's vital signs remotely and talks to the person.
Based on this, the situation can go one of several ways:
--Referral to the ER in the ambulance
--The patient is asked to go to a clinic appointment and offered a free taxi. If the person refuses, the taxi is provided to go to the ER.
--Or home care instructions may be offered. If this is refused, again a taxi to the ER will be provided.
Eighty percent of expensive ambulance trips are avoided.
I have often taken a taxi to the ER--but on one occasion did take an ambulance. It took me a year to pay the ambulance fee.
I think having the EMTs there, and a talk with a physician, would have been helpful and the ER could have been avoided.