I would like to comment on the recent article in the Dec. 4 Imperial Republican and Wauneta Breeze concerning ambulance transfers written by Diane Stamm.
It was stated that the hospital nurses do not want to go on transfers and there are several reasons for this as follows:
First, there is a liability issue since the hospital does not own the ambulance service; our liability insurance will not cover the nurse during the transfer.
Second, there is a staffing issue as we do not staff nurses for transporting patients to other facilities.
Third, there is a training issue. Not all nurses are trained for ground transport. Our nurses receive extensive hospital-based training but paramedics are specifically trained for out of hospital and transport care.
I feel that our local ambulance service does a very good job in serving our community and they are always first on our list for transport if needed.
The welfare of the patient is always our main concern and since our local provider is not Advance Life Support (ALS) licensed then we must choose another provider in the event that is what our patient needs.
The hospital utilizes an ALS provider when appropriate and when time is of the essence, we use a fix wing service for the most critical patients.
The local ambulance service and the hospital are a team, working together to serve our community. Just as our hospital is not always the right place to best serve our patients, we must choose the right transport provider to meet the needs of the people we serve.
Steve Lewis, CEO
Chase County Community Hospital