Disappointed: There Are Consensus Standards for Burn Center Referral – When the Hell Will MDs Start Using Them? – One Chief’s Experience and Frustration

Firefighter Down... Off Duty

I'm very disappointed. I'm actually very saddened after hearing the experiences and pain that one of our firefighters is having. It doesn't need to happen nor ever be repeated again... but IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.... to both the public and our firefighters.

After years of "preaching and advocating" about burn injuries needing proper Regional Burn Center evaluation and treatment (primarily for on duty firefighters)... an "off duty" injury occurs to a fellow firefighter. What happens?

Does the person follow what they've learned and/or are expected to do? No.What the f^&% (WTF)!!!!!

The person goes to their local HMO hospital or clinic... receives substandard burn treatment and pain management... and is dumbfounded at the treatment he/she receives... and even worse complains about it.... He/she is even told they are free to return to work without restriction from the M.D. It's NOT ROCKET SCIENCE.

YOU DON'T have to accept care LESS than the established professional standards. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to ask for AND INSIST for specialist care and treatment if you are injured.

Have WE LEARNED ANYTHING?... I hope so.

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