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If you don't draw yours, I won't draw mine. A police officer, working in the small town that he lives in, focusing on family and shooting and coffee, and occasionally putting some people in jail.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

ER Docs Use Inappropriate Means, Causing The Death Of Their Patients.

See? I, too can spout off about something that I'm not qualified to discuss.

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At Wednesday, December 24, 2008 12:29:00 PM, Blogger Carroll said...

I wonder how they chose the emergency physicians that were surveyed? I've been a PA (Physician Assistant) in emergency medicine for over 12 years and I'd estimate that close to 100% of the docs, nurses, and mid-level providers are strongly supportive of law enforcement. We help the officers out whenever we can, and they do what they can to help us.

At Wednesday, December 24, 2008 1:37:00 PM, Blogger Old NFO said...

Simple fix Matt- Make X number of ride alongs mandantory for ER physicians, where THEY have to subdue the "unruly" perps... THEN redo the survey :-)

Just my .02 worth, YMMV, I' not a lawyer (and don't want to be one), etc... :-)

At Wednesday, December 24, 2008 4:09:00 PM, Blogger Omnibus Driver said...

If perpetrators wouldn't use unnecessary force...

Ah, well.

At Wednesday, December 24, 2008 6:23:00 PM, Blogger Rabbit said...

I dunno, I've seen at least 2 ER docs sew a drunk to a gurney by the ear to keep his damned head still while trying to suture facial lacerations incurred during car wrecks.

I knew one doc who pinned a wet towel through an uncooperative subject's pinna to keep him still *during an exam!*. Those are the stories I can tell quickly, too.

The only time I've seen ER professionals look disparagingly on a LEO was when one in my hometown came in with his wife, who was in labor, shortly followed by his pissed-off girlfriend, who was still a month or so away from full term. Of course, that was not from a professional standpoint, more of a moral point of reference.


At Wednesday, December 24, 2008 11:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my (admittedly very short) time in EMS, I have run across more than one patient I truly wished LE would take out behind the woodshed and beat the dumbass out of.....

At Thursday, December 25, 2008 6:02:00 AM, Blogger Rogue Medic said...

I could not confine my response to the comment section, so I wrote How Often Do Police Use Excessive Force?

At Thursday, December 25, 2008 9:58:00 PM, Anonymous Shrimp said...

Rogue Medic sums it up quite nicley. I only have this to add:

If a suspect is arrested, and does not resist (or get violent) he goes to jail.

If a suspect is arrested, and does resist but not enough to get the tar beat out of him whilst resisting, he will go to jail.

If a suspect is arrested and resists enough to be given the beating he so richly deserves, he will go to the hospital, then jail.

So if the ER docs see only the ones that resisted enough to get sent to the hospital, then their viewpoint will naturally be skewed.


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