Paramedic explains why following a loved one in an ambulance to hospital is dangerous
A paramedic has issued a stern warning to people who wish to follow their friends and family members to hospital via their own means of personal transport.
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A paramedic has issued an urgent warning to people against following their loved ones to hospital after an ambulance has taken them away - citing that in the worst case scenario, it could land you in hospital too.
Taking to social media, the medic said: "If a loved one is taken in an ambulance, do not follow us to the hospital. Go there on your own time and own route."
He also detailed how people sometimes develop 'tunnel vision' when the panic begins to take a hold, causing people to potentially make devastating decisions.
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"Whenever I was loading a patient in the ambulance, a family member would inevitably run up to me, keys in hand saying 'I’ll follow you to the ER', he added reports The Mirror.
"No. People in an emotional state following another vehicle will develop tunnel vision and forget all traffic laws. You will blow stop signs. You will follow me right through an intersection even if the light has already turned red for you.
"You will slam into the back of the ambulance if we need to make a sudden stop. Remember, the patient faces backwards and can see out the back window as you blow a red light and get T-boned by an overloaded ice cream truck."
Instead, the paramedic advises that people 'wait ten minutes, take a deep breath and slowly make your way to hospital' via a separate route if possible. Commenting on the Reddit post, one user, said: "A good use of this time is to pack an overnight bag for your loved one. Being in hospital is awful, but it's even worse without clean underwear."
Another meanwhile, went on: "This advice is golden. When I lost my wife, the EMT team worked on her in our house to try and resuscitate her before being able to move her. While they were working on her, a second ambulance attended and it was solely for the purpose of getting me safely to the hospital.
"It parked in such a way to block my car from being immediately able to follow the main ambulance and one of the second ambulance's EMTs drove me, in my car to the hospital. I'm glad they did that, but I often wonder if a call response was missed or delayed because of the need to keep my crying panicked ass from trying to follow an ambulance Die Hard style.
"I lost my world that day, but thankfully I didn't inflict any harm by driving in such an emotional state."
A third Reddit user, said: "In more than one occasion, I’ve seen an accident by someone who was following an ambulance. It's already dangerous enough that they could cause an accident by themselves. This is very good advice."
While a fourth, echoed: "When I had to call for an ambulance for my dad, police officers responded along with EMS and gave me the same instructions as the ambulance left - wait here for five to 10 before leaving, breathe deeply even though you don't want to, don't be in a rush because you can't be there in ER anyway.
"It felt like the longest 10 minutes ever, but as others said, it gave me time to grab a few things and take pics of all of his medications. I was in a much better state to drive by then and was so grateful to the responders for giving me that advice."
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