Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Emergency Medical Services Groan Under Strain Of Expanding Population

“With a 300-pound patient, it’s not too bad, or even 400 pounds. But to be honest with you, with a 500-, 600-, 700-pound patient — it’s just too much for you.’’
—Boston EMS captain Jose A. Archila addresses the difficulties of ferrying the growing number of morbidly obese patients to the hospital. Boston, where rescue crews are increasingly tasked with transporting patients weighing at least 450 pounds, has now retrofitted one of its ambulances with a hydraulic lift to ease the burden. It's a testament to our can-do spirit, and our inability to stop putting things in our mouths.


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BadUncle (#153)

As a man with a drinking disorder, I can sympathize with those that nurture a healthy appetite. That said, if the EMS can't roll them out to the fatty wagon, why not air lift them with a military cargo helicopter? They can't possibly weigh more than tanks.

But tha wind sheah in Chahlstown is fierce. You don' wanna lose the choppah…

Matt (#26)

Was Gutty at the party in Andrew Krucoff's kitchen and what type of offensive joke did he tell?

keisertroll (#1,117)

Gutty, I thought you were dead!

cherrispryte (#444)

Aw Gutty, making me feel all not-that-fat! Love ya babe.

garge (#736)

Thank you for exercising Gutty. It's like you knew I've been in the nihilistic sullens since late December.

::rocks back and forth with more purpose::

nonvolleyball (#9,329)

anecdotal testament corroborating this article: I got hell of bloated after nearly dying from a burst appendix-induced infection (& from having two surgeries/sitting around a hospital room for a month). when I asked the nurses about the crazy swelling–if it was normal, when I'd stop looking like I was wearing the bottom half of a fat suit (Amy Sedaris style), etc.–they were all baffled. "well," one of them told me, "to be honest I've never seen anything like it before. but then again, most of our patients are so obese…" that blew my mind.

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