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They Didn’t Need to Die

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Two news stories from the past week make me sick to my stomach each time I read or think about them.

Spouse of a patient was killed on Monday when ambulance stops abruptly. News article 1. News article 2.

The NIOSH fire investigation into the death of a Wisconsin firefighter was released on Thursday. News article. NIOSH Fatality investigation report.

These stories hit me particularly close because they both happened in Wisconsin. I like to think we are better than this. That we have the skills, knowledge, and compassion to care for one another better than this.

Mrs. Huibregtse and Officer/Firefighter/EMT Kampmeyer didn’t need to die.

An inevitable outcome of our ongoing failure to apply lessons (rather than simply learning them over and over) will be criminal charges against providers, leaders, and owners.