Forum Asst. Chief
A medic personally told me about a time where a gang member got shot by a rival gang member. I guess the police did not search the patient, he woke up in the back of the ambulance, pulled a pistol out of his waistband and shot the medic. Most likely due to strange men standing over him and him having no idea what was going on He showed me the scar. Now, that's a slightly different situation, but I do think of it sometimes.The thread was started along the lines of we respond to a patient down who is altered or unconscious and during our assessment a firearm is located, what would you do?
In my area PD is not routinely sent out on medical calls. If we call them it can take anywhere from a minute to 30 minutes for them to get to us. So I can leave the scene because of the gun but doing so will leave this patient without medical attention for possibly 30 minutes. I could continue my assessment and leave the gun where it is, however I will never advocate for leaving an altered or unconscious patient armed. The likelihood they could become responsive enough to grab it is too risky in my book. The last option is I could remove the firearm and secure it and then continue with my patient care.