Thursday, December 4, 2008
An elderly Cleveland lady died tragically earlier this week in a house fire. Today, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the EMS truck from the closest fire station was unavailable because it had been dispatched (via a 911 call) to the comprehensive, internationally known, super-famous medical institution downtown for a very important stat situation. Apparently they had an extraordinarily obese patient who needed to be moved from a clinic office across the street to the ER. Orderlies were not available. The elderly woman almost escaped the fire, but was halted only a few steps from the front door by a wall of flames. Spokesmen from the fire department were unable to determine whether the delay in EMS response played any role in her unfortunate demise.
Well, at least it's reassuring to know that northeast Ohio's largest employer can always resort to calling 911 when they get in a pinch. I mean, what if the floors in the front foyer of the hospital start to look unacceptably grungy as we move into the slush and snow season and janitors can't get it mopped up fast enough? Just call 911! And if the OR turnover times start to drag out, compromising profitability? Call 911! Get the local firemen to transport the patients to the PACU ASAP!