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    well controlled situations, most ambulance services are either required by local protocols to take the patient to either the closest ER or to the ER of the patient or patient's family request.  Stroke Centers, Heart Attack Centers, Trauma Centers and OB/GYN services are often spelled out in local protocols, but not in every part of the country yet.

    Often, Medics will do their very best to help a patient or a patient's family understand why one hospital would be more appropriate than another, but without success.

    If a Medic advises you that you might be transferred from the hopsital where you insist on going, don't blame them.  Also, some localities prohibit medics from making such a suggestion.  It's not their decision.  Best advice; learn the services offered in your area so you will have knowledge beforehand to make the best decision.

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    by emsprater on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 01:24:11 PM PDT

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    •  Definitely. (1+ / 0-)
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      If you have a choice, know what those choices are.  I traveled to TX when I was in my third trimester.  Before I went, I looked up the best Neonatal ICU in the city - just in case.  If anything happened, that's the place I wanted to be taken.

      I had worked in a children's hospital and we'd get newborns transferred to us all the time.  We had the specialized facilities, other hospitals didn't.

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      by Fabian on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 02:06:55 PM PDT

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    •  No, no. That wasn't a complaint. (1+ / 0-)
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      They took him to the closest hospital according to protocol.  They quickly determined that he had a ruptured cerebral aneurysm and that they couldn't treat him.  

      They did what they were supposed to do, but my point was the cost to him even with health insurance is staggering.  


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      by nupstateny on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 04:05:21 PM PDT

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