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Thank you to our emergency medical services

Mar 25, 2020

To the editor:
In a recent Letter to the Editor, Bill Godfrey thanked all those who will be working with the public during the pandemic. Well, he thanked almost everybody.
I read through the list several times looking for “emergency medical services” but I could not find the reference. The closest was “medical transport”. I will assume that Mr. Godfrey had the best intentions and this is not the first time we have been forgotten.
Even Governor Cuomo failed to include us in his list of essential services. The Paramedics and EMTs of your local paid and volunteer ambulance services are not simply “medical transport” if that was where we were to be included. We are the first people to contact sick and injured patients. We stabilize and treat them and only after that, do we transport them to the hospital.
On the way to the hospital we continue evaluate and treat the patient. This has always been a stressful job since many times a patient's life is in our hands. Responding to calls now is even more intense as we must deal with Covid-19 “up close and personal”.
We ask all patients to bear with us as we follow the protocols outlined by the Centers for Disease and the New York State Department of Health. These protocols are designed to protect both responders and patients. Once again, thanks to all those who must continue to work during the pandemic including those in Emergency Medical Services.

Ralph Bressler

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