Maybe it's a sign of things to come.
Maybe Cleveland is just the first EMS system to admit officially that 911 has become a farce.
Either way, I agree with this post on the Happy Medic blog lauding a report in the Cleveland Plain Dealer regarding Cleveland EMS's decision to refuse priority service on nonsense.
The plan instead seems to be to hold toe pains and VNA referrals for patients with UTIs until enough units are in service so that a cardiac arrest doesn't get a delayed response while everyone else is tied up driving sad people all over Kingdom Come.
Like everything else in our industry, it may be a laudable plan but it's mainly been chosen because a lack of money dictates it.
Maybe someday EMS decision-makers will make the right calls based solely on their rightness.
For now, money will have to do.
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