DC Fire is investigating the death of an elderly EMS patient who was transported by EMTs after a paramedic refused to join them in the transport. The paramedic has been placed on paid administrative leave.
The incident allegedly occurred on November 17, 2011 when a paramedic assigned to Engine 11 examined an 87-year-old female patient, concluded her condition was not serious, and allowed EMTs to transport her to Howard University Hospital. She died at the hospital.
Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe refused to say whether the allegations, if true, violated the department’s medical protocols. “There are some concerns regarding this incident… And that’s why we have placed the employee on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.”