This article will discuss the many reasons why people should transport severely injured family members to hospitals with an ambulance, when possible. Those who live too far away from an ambulance service might have to drive severely injured family members to hospitals.
Family members will be stressed when one of their own suffers a severe injury. This stress might cause a family member to drive recklessly while transporting the severely injured family member to a hospital. This reckless driving could cause a car accident which could result in a crucial transportation delay at best, or more family members severely injured or killed at worst.
The inside of an ambulance has the staff, equipment, and room to maximize the chances of getting a severely injured person safely to a trauma center within the “golden hour.” The “golden hour” is a medical term which means that the most severely injured people have a better chance of surviving their injuries if they receive specialized medical care in a hospital trauma center within one hour of their injuries. Ambulance transportation has many advantages that make it more likely for severely injured people to receive the specialized medical care they need within an hour of their injuries.
One such advantage is their siren and flashing beacon. Motorists will pull over to the side of the road and clear the way for an ambulance to more quickly reach the trauma center of a hospital.
Another advantage is the specialized medical equipment and the trained medical technicians that are in the ambulance. Although they are not as effective as the medical equipment and medical professionals in a hospital trauma center, ambulance equipment and technicians often can stabilize the medical condition of severely injured people until these severely injured people reach the trauma center. If well-meaning family members moved a severely injured family member incorrectly in a cramped car, the injuries to this family member could be multiplied.
The medical technicians in the ambulance crew also will know which hospital has a trauma center that is best equipped and staffed to deal with the seriously injured person who is in their charge. A family member who drives the severely injured person to a hospital might go to the closest hospital, which might not be the best hospital with a trauma center.
The ambulance crew also can call ahead to have right blend of medical professionals assembled and waiting at the trauma center for the severely injured person to arrive. This organization and immediate availability of medical professionals and resources probably would take longer to achieve if a family member drove the severely injured person to the hospital.
An ambulance is especially essential for someone who is alone and who might be suffering from a heart attack. As John Breaux said, “It is essential that people are warned of the dangers of driving when they are obviously unwell and encouraged to call an ambulance immediately if they suspect they are having a heart attack.”
There is a saying about ambulance emergency medical technicians. “Some people spend their whole lives wondering if they made a difference. Some don’t have that problem.”