Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 month ago

How long does an ambulance remain at the scene? I know it varries greatly but is there an average?

Like if it is something life threatening like cardiac arrest and they are only a couple of minutes away from the hospital will they stay at the scene and try to help you first or just drive you straight to the hospital and try to help you on the way. What if it is something non life threatening, will they do anything at all or just give you something for the pain and take you to the hospital. How do they decide how much time is safe to spend at scene to have best outcome? 

4 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    That all depends on the individual situation.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The ambulance crew assesses and stabilizes the patient and then goes "straight to the hospital."

    In MY State, no, ambulance crews don't hand out pain medication.

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  • 1 month ago

    The job of an ambulance is to stabilize you enough for transport, then take you to the hospital.

    They will stay on the scene as long as it takes to make sure you're stable.  If they can't make sure you are, they will just try to keep you from crashing while they get you to the hospital as quickly as possible.

    Regulations for what they do for non-life threatening circumstances are generally determined by state law.  They might require the ambulance to take you to the hospital once they're called to the scene, or they might allow them to give you minor emergency care on site, then leave you at home.  It varies by state.

    But it wouldn't involve handing out pain medication anywhere.

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  • 1 month ago

    They will first get you stabilized. They are in contact with a doctor at the hospital for some problems.

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