No Private EMS allowed
Most Emergency rooms have an EMS room which usually has a table and chairs for completing run reports. Some EMS rooms have snacks and refreshment because most EMS workers don't have time to stop and get something to eat.
While private EMS and city EMS/Fire are different, it doesn't mean Private runs any less or hard. The calls are just different. If fact where I work we don't get to return to base until the shift is over. We runs all day long without a break most days.
Today we recieved a call to transport a subaracnoid hemorage patient to the NSU (neurosurgical intensive care unit) When we arrived in the ER to pick up our patient the nurse was running around and asked us if we could wait because she had a full arrest going on and she wasn't ready for us to transport the patient yet. She told us to go get some coffee and just wait. She would let us know we she was ready. So where do paramedics playing the waiting game in an ER go. The EMS room! Well we hung out in there had a stale cookie. Then a security guard comes in and scolds us for being in the EMS room. (This particular hospital has a sign next to the EMS room that says "Fire Personnell Only") He escorts us out (in front of several firemen we where BSing with, who looked rather shocked that we were being escorted out) and yells at us again saying the nurse has been looking for you. The nurse still wasn't quite ready seeing as in the 10 minutes since we arrived at the ER 3 more squads rolled in. We appologized to the nurse for not being right at the desk. She said she sent to security guard to tell us she was ready. We joked about getting yelled at for being in the EMS room. The nurse rolled her eyes and said sorry about that. We got report the patient was pretty stable. As we were rolling out patient hooked up to everything. We over hear the nurse saying on our behalf that she didn't want us to get in trouble because she told us to wait. The security guard told her we knew we weren't suposse to be in the EMS room. In this metropolitain area Private EMS gets even less respect then regular EMS. Nurses don't give any report because we are just transport! We are expected to take the patients 10 suitcases and boxes and bags like we are the taxi service. I don't know any Taxi drivers who have to take vitals and fill out runs reports. Well I'm done gripping for now. - Jessiye 15:3