There has been a lot of “spinning” of the tragic shooting that occurred in Colorado last week.
More guns. Less guns. Democratic policy issues. Republican policy issues.
I’m going to try not to add my spin to the mix, but I do want to raise one issue for everyone to consider.
As this event unfolded, there were many stories about how there were delays in EMS response and how police were “pleading” for ambulances to get to the scene. You can read about the issues involved at the link.
The point I want everyone to think about is the importance of emergency medical services.
I regularly post about hospitals closing their emergency departments. US cities have lost 30% of their emergency departments in the past 20 years. Earlier this week I posted an article about some “expert” in England who believed care would be improved by closing emergency departments and consolidating care.
There are many issues that influence the availability of emergency medical care which I am not going to list at this point to avoid trying to “spin” the issue. You all can debate them in the comments section if you’d like.
Just consider that when a mass casualty event occurs in the future … whether it is a natural disaster, a fire, large motor vehicle accident, a shooting, or an act of war … do we really want to make emergency medical care harder to access?
Few people appreciate the importance of emergency medical services until they are the ones having an emergency.