The coordinator of medical support testifies in the Chauvin trial

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The coordinator of medical support testifies in the Chauvin trial

Officer Nicole Mackenzie, who trains Minneapolis police officers in providing medical care, said during Derek Chauvin’s trial that bystanders may make it easier for officers to miss signs that an inmate is in distress.

“You explained that sometimes EMS would stage itself off-site until the stage was clear and safe, right? “Correct.” “And have you heard the term load and go?” ” “Yes.” “Can you describe to the jury what it is?” “Load-and-go would be, I think it’s more like an informal term that’s used with first responders.” It basically means that as soon as they are going to arrive, it is a priority to get that person into the ambulance as soon as possible and to get to the hospital as soon as possible. “And what about the locals?” Could this affect an EMT’s decision to load and go? ” “Yes.” “How? ‘Or’ What?” “If you had a very hostile or volatile crowd, I know it sounds unreasonable, but passersby sometimes attack EMS teams. So sometimes getting out of the situation is sort of the best way to defuse it. “And have you ever had to perform emergency services in a crowd not even hostile, just a loud and excited crowd?” ” “Yes.” “Is it, in your experience, more or less difficult?” “It’s incredibly difficult.” “Are you more likely to miss any signs that a patient is feeling something?” ” “Yes.” “And so distraction may actually interfere with potential patient care?” ” “Yes.”

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