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EMS Tips – Penetrating Trauma Transport by Police Car

1. Cops transporting shooting victim

Lifesaving requires fast decisions and improvisation. Cops in Cleveland transported a shooting victim rather than wait for a delayed ambulance.

FOX8 reported that officers found the shooting victim on the front porch of a home after responding to reports of gunshots. Released body cam footage shows the officers treating the 19-year-old and deciding what the next step should be.

“Radio, find out where EMS is at, if they’re too far away, we’re gonna throw him in our car and go. We’ve got chest wounds on front and rear. Stay awake, stay awake, stay awake,” an officer can be heard saying.”

This is not crazy or unusual. In fact, police transport of penetrating trauma victims might decrease mortality.

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By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.