So I’m thinking, (something I do from time to time) and it occurred to me how easily the problem of transporting psych patients, combative patients and intoxicated patients could be solved. If we trained a police officer as an EMT, or an EMT as a police officer, and teamed them up as the Psychological Crisis Team, or something like that, and had them respond to calls for help from the aforementioned patients a lot of problems would be solved.
The cops are not that good at dealing with emotionally unstable people, The medics really should not be put in the position of restraining people, or fighting them, or doing the ridiculous things we do to get patients from point A to Point B with the least amount of damage to the personnel or patients.
They have police paramedics, but that is something entirely different from what I propose. I’m not talking about paramedics standing by at drug busts and hostage situations, rather the meat and potatoes calls that we risk ourselves on all the time. The ones that get no headlines, but are far more risky than the prolific “dangerous” calls.
Can we train cops to be medics, or medics to be cops? Are there people willing to do it?
I think it is worth a try, anything is better than being in the back of the rig, unarmed, undermanned and overwhelmed with a volatile patient whose demeanor has changed from docile to hostile right before your eyes.
Mediccops. I think it has a nice ring to it.