Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Perry: They saved my life but I sensed dislike

I read this article and immediately had questions I thought the reporter should have tried to answer. They are below, in green.
Victim in bar rampage charges he was mistreated because he is gay

NEW BEDFORD - A victim of a teenager’s violent rampage in a bar here has filed a complaint with the state alleging he received poor treatment by paramedics because he is gay.

Robert R. Perry, 52, of Dartmouth, was struck in the head with a hatchet and shot in the back when 18-year old Jacob D. Robida attacked patrons of Puzzles Lounge on Feb. 1. Two other men were injured in the attack.

In a complaint filed with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Perry says the New Bedford paramedics took too long transporting him to the hospital, were physically and verbally abusive, and shared private medical information with his family without his permission. [Ed. – what was the nature of this ’private’ information and which members of his family were given the information?]

“There wasn’t just hatred in the bar that night,” Perry said. “We had hatred in the ambulance, too.” [Ed. – Who is the ‘we’? Who else, other than Perry and the paramedic(s), was in the ambulance?]

“I don’t have a comment,” James Trout, director of New Bedford’s EMS Department, told The Standard-Times of New Bedford.

Perry said that as a director for clinical services for Mercy-General Ambulance Service in Boston, he knows the procedures paramedics are supposed to follow. For example, he said the 25 minutes the ambulance waited at the bar before heading to St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford was too long. [Ed. – How did Perry know that, was he checking his watch?]

“Twelve minutes on-scene for a gunshot victim in our system is considered a maximum,” Perry wrote in a letter to New Bedford Mayor Scott W. Lang. [Ed. – It appears the EMTs knew what they were doing because Perry survived while, apparently, suffering no further injury from their treatment. Is there a state-mandated maximum time-on-scene or is Perry’s ‘standard’ his own?]

The complaint was filed with the DPH’s Office of Emergency Medical Services. In it, Perry alleges the paramedic treating him slammed an oxygen mask over his face when he asked repeatedly why the ambulance was not leaving for the hospital. [Ed. – perhaps the paramedic was attempting to quiet someone who he/she thought was becoming hysterical. What is the first response for treating hysteria?]

In an e-mail response to Perry’s letter, Lang said the city is taking his complaint seriously, and that he forwarded a copy of the letter to the city’s acting police chief, David Provencher... [Ed. - Why wouldn't the mayor take the complaint "seriously?" Does Perry have a history of making complaints that shouldn't be taken seriously?]

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