published Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Paramedic demoted after treating man found hanging from ankle for 2 days

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A paramedic will be demoted and placed on leave for 28 days after being accused of delivering the wrong medication for a man found hanging by his ankle for two days, according to board’s finding this morning.

Timothy Waldo will hold the new title of emergency medical technician and will be placed on probation, according to a statement released after a five-member board held a hearing on the incident.

Melvin Davis, 57, who was found at Greenway Farms, has remained at Erlanger hospital.

The family of Davis said they want privacy.

Jamie Jackson, an EMT who also responded to the call on Thursday, was absolved of all responsibility and returned to work this morning.

For complete details, read tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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nowfedup said...

While some might think it is rude to ask, this paramedic, cops, judges, lawyers, elected foul up but how come none do jail time or fired, even elected officials/lawyers/medics/doctors/etc busted in payoff scams never get license pulled. Seems like do the screw up and you end same or better then prior to such, but let the regular person foul up, and DA's etc all over them

September 14, 2011 at 4:08 p.m.
sweetdream20 said...

A person who works in a patient related medical field knows that any little "screw up" can have serious life/death consequences. With corresponding serious consequences on their career or finances. It might be a small typo for you at work but in the medical field, a small typo like a decimal point in the wrong spot could hurt someone. Medical malpractice is different than fraud, falls under the board of health, and is treated differently.

September 14, 2011 at 4:34 p.m.
Salsa said...

Maybe you should do jail time for your butchering of the English language in the first post.

September 14, 2011 at 6:13 p.m.
bryseana said...

Why is this anyone's business? I'm sure he feels bad enough.

September 14, 2011 at 6:41 p.m.
dude_abides said...

suckbad... he could probably kick your ass. lol

September 14, 2011 at 8:16 p.m.
tigerdawg said...

what did he do?

September 14, 2011 at 11:54 p.m.
01centare said...

Because of what could have been a possible life threatening siuation for me several years ago under a paramedic's care, I refuse to call an ambulance in most any situation. It's better to drive your loved on to the emergency room yourself if at all possible.

September 15, 2011 at 2:43 p.m.
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