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Rialto Paramedics Refuse to Enter Medical Facility to Help a Patient in Cardiac Arrest: “Some Covid Law”

Two Rialto paramedics refused to enter an acute-care medical facility to help a patient in cardiac arrest, citing some “covid law” that required staff to bring the patient outside to them. As staff performed CPR, a police officer attempted to help, but the bed had no wheels, so he and the staff had to push it through the hallways. The paramedics insisted the patient be brought to them outside, but by the time they got him out and transferred to a local hospital, he passed away.

A Rialto Police Department body cam and report has sparked an investigation into the actions of Rialto Fire Department paramedics who refused to enter the Rialto Post Acute Care Center for a patient in cardiac arrest.

After a few moments, an unknown employee of the location yelled out to fire personnel ‘Please come help, he’s having cardiac arrest.’….

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Fire personnel responded by insisting the patient had to be brought outside the facility before they could provide any sort of treatment… due to an unspecified COVID-19 law.

Rialto police report

The officer went inside himself and was greeted by staff who were “frantically” attempting to do CPR on the patient. The bed had no wheels, so the officer pushed the bed through the hallways after informing them that paramedics were not coming into the facility. When they got to within sight of the paramedics, they still insisted the patient be brought outside the building before they would begin treatment. The exhausted staff member who had been giving CPR for about 25 minutes was finally able to stop when other paramedics arrived as the bed was pushed outside.

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Rialto Police report

Portions of the first part of the body cam are muted, which is normal.

According to Fox, the San Bernardino Fire Chief’s Association sent out a memo in April of 2020 that stated dispatch would advise facilities to move the patients outside. It also stated that if a patient could not be moved, one paramedic should enter the facility to interact with the patient. Somebody didn’t understand the memo.

To be clear, there is no “covid law” that wasn’t reversed. It was a memo from near the beginning of the pandemic, and was never a “law.”

Rialto Acting Fire Chief Brian Park has initiated an independent investigation after viewing the “troubling” officer’s body cam footage. The Mayor of Rialto also agrees with an independent investigation.

“Our Fire Department’s mission is to provide excellence in responding to medical emergencies through ‘compassionate service.’ As Acting-Fire Chief, I will ensure the independence of the outside investigation.

I also want to recognize and thank the Rialto Police Department and the Rialto Post-Acute Care Center nurses for their extraordinary efforts and heroism to save the patient’s life as our responders failed to act to our Fire Department’s expectations.”

Acting Rialto Fire Chief Brian Parks

First responders who fail to enact their duties are a serious problem, but so, too, are communications from the leadership. Clarity in this case seems to have been an issue and a life was lost.

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. All of her posts on Conservative Firing Line are also posted on Uncle Sam's.

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