June 2, 2020

** Increasing number of Louisiana ambulance patients declining EMS transport for fear of getting COVID-19


** In an effort to avoid contracting COVID-19, several Louisiana residents in Lafayette are apparently forgoing necessary ambulance rides. That is the word from The Advocate (Adam Daigle/21) which quoted Acadian Ambulance chief medical officer Dr. Charles Burnell as saying paramedics are seeing an 18 per cent jump in EMS calls where the patient declines transport. Medics are then having to return to the call later to treat a sicker patient. He said along with increased disinfection of ambulances and PPE for EMS staff, hospitals are also attempting to allay concerns by improved screening, PPE for staff and visitors, and reduced public access to facilities.


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