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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

State EMT Workers Can't Innovate

This article had a bit that made me say "WTF?"

EMT/ambulance workers in NYC don't have GPS devices. This can be problematic if they're called to an obscure address, or if they're working outside their normal service area. In NYC, there's a lot of 1 block streets in obscure locations. In a severe emergency, an ambulance can be called someplace outside the crew's normal area.

Some crews resort to bringing their own GPS devices, but that’s against the rules and they could be punished if caught, Bahnken said.
I can't believe that someone would say that with a straight face. I can't imagine the reporter not saying "WTF? This is bull****!"

EMT workers aren't allowed to bring their own GPS devices to work? Some State bureaucrat actually made up such a rule and is enforcing it? How can someone do that with a straight face?

The State is about power and control. State bureaucrats are threatened by an EMT worker who uses non-State-issued tools to do his job.

1 comment:

Scott said...

Good example of this addiction to control. Any analysis will show that there is absolutely no reason whatsoever for banning this, and in addition, banning it causes damage in the form of lost human lives and greater costs of providing hospital services due to people coming in in much more critical condition.

Another one is that only doctors can write prescriptions for many basic drugs which can help people and for which a doctor's visit gives no new information. As far as I can determine, the US is the only country in the world other than North Korea and Cuba with utter state control over essential medications.

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