Today, as I sat in my office complaining about the people who call 911 for rides to the er because they have the flu, and marveling at the disregard some folks have when it comes to the health and well-being of others, this directive from THE EMS appeared. There are a lot of sick people out there who need us, and lots more who use us. I'm tired of being used by people who think nothing of stepping into my 4×6 space, laying on my nice clean stretcher, coughing without covering, talking on their phone while waving to their boyfriend out the rear window and squandering EMS services.
There, I said it. Screw the epidemic, I've had it.
10 Jan 13
Subject: Influenza Outbreak, 2013
To: All Field Operatives
The yearly Influenza outbreak is upon us. This year's strain, the medialahooplatisis (media-la-hoopla-tisis) is especially virulent. According to media sources, 34 states are inundated with influenza patients, with seven declaring medical emergencies and two under strict quarantine.
Press releases prompting the citizenry to seek medical treatment at sniffle onset has promulgated an increased need for Emergency Medical Services. The following procedures must be followed to ensure public safety.
-Universal Precautions will be adhered to (see appendix A.)
-Any and all patients who seek emergency transport to the proper facility for treatment of the flu while bypassing their own means of available transportation will be issued a summons to appear before the Director of The EMS, or surrogate once the acuity of symptoms has ended. Patient will immediately surrender self to "The Containment Cubicle," where he/she will spend fifteen minutes with infected members of The EMS. Infected EMS crews are instructed to cough in direction of patient, sneeze upon patient and dribble snot wherever prudent.
-Persons with mild flu-like symptoms, as determined by field operatives will be issued a facial tissue with citation and fine imprinted on surface. Patient may blow nose with citation, however, fine must be paid in full within 30 (thirty) days or be held in "The Containment Cubicle" with two infected members of The EMS.
-Old people and little people, whose parents or caretakers are deemed incompetent by The EMS shall be treated kindly and transported to the appropriate facility.
That is all,
The EMS Director