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Episode 7: EMS Chiefs Gone Wild

Intubations are risky business. Paramedics – and their patients – benefit from the right tools, education, and training. But when does “practicing intubations” become an issue of legal liability? On this episode of the Standard of Care Podcast, Nick and Samantha review the case of the Bellingham, Washington fire department’s intubation practice on a deceased patient. The incident spawned several lawsuits and resulted in the City’s public release of its outside counsel’s confidential investigation. What can an EMT or paramedic faced with a similar situation do? How should an agency handle a patient who dies in the ambulance? What should agencies do to ensure that medics receive proper training on intubations? What options will the agency’s lawyer have – if any? Please like, comment, and subscribe!


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Show Notes / Links


 Denver Pratt, Wash. City Approves $175K Settlement for Wife of Deceased Man Intubated by FD Medics, The Bellingham Herald (Aug. 26, 2020), https://www.ems1.com/intubation/articles/wash-city-approves-175k-settlement-for-wife-of-deceased-man-intubated-by-fd-medics-onV7jOhnMNILQDC6/

 David Rasbach, Here’s the Bellingham Fire Department Misconduct Investigation Report, The Bellingham Herald (Sept. 26, 2018), https://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article219083500.html#storylink=cpy


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