COVID-19-Cough to the Face

This past week, my partner and I were dispatched through EMS on a call to assist a patient who could not get up off the floor after sliding off the bed. We call this a “lift assist”, and normally this call will be classified as a refusal for treatment and transport. The patient is not charged for this type of assistance. We help them up, check their vital signs, and get a signature. That’s it.

It was at the end of our 4 AM to 4 PM shift, around 3:35 PM. We had just wrapped up a “run” at one of two local hospitals and were en route to the station, when dispatch broke through with the…