The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department has initiated a Quality Assurance review of the actions of two paramedics that resulted in a delay of care. On Friday, March 26, 2010, Fire/EMS units were requested by the Glenarden Police Department at around 12:00 PM to assist on a possible deceased person call. A paramedic unit arrived on location at a residence in the 8600 block of Glenarden Parkway within 4 minutes and concurred that the adult male was deceased.
At about 1:30 PM, an official from the County Police Department’s Forensic Services summoned the Fire/EMS Department to return to the scene as the adult male was displaying signs that he was alive. A different EMS unit arrived shortly thereafter and transported the patient to an area hospital.
The Fire/EMS Department, upon being made aware of the incident, immediately initiated a Quality Assurance review and notified the jurisdictional Medical Director. The Medical Director took quick action and has already interviewed the personnel involved.
The Fire/EMS Department has also launched a review of the incident by the Office of Professional Standards. The Quality Assurance review ensures that medical protocols were followed while the Professional Standards investigation will review compliance with Departmental General Orders and Standard Operating Procedures. While these reviews are on-going the two paramedics involved have been placed on a limited public contact status.
Actions of personnel are taken very seriously by the Fire/EMS Department. We will ensure a complete and through review and if warranted take whatever corrective action is called for to avoid any reoccurrence.