Tracy Wilson is speaking out after her termination from Multi-Township EMS insisting that she never put any patient at risk.
“I want to stress that yes, I made a mistake, but I never did anything to put a patient at risk,” Wilson said. “Multi is an awesome organization with a lot of great medics. I told them from the get-go I was wrong and I owned up to that, but this punishment still doesn’t fit the crime.”
On Wednesday, Wilson was terminated from her job as a paramedic with Multi-Township EMS for what MTEMS Medical Director Dr. Tracy Rahall called a “violation of the scope of her practice.” That violation, according to Wilson, was that she opted to drive the ambulance after administering medical treatment to a patient and allowing her Basic-Advanced EMT partner to ride in the back of the ambulance with the patient. Her partner received a one-week suspension.
In an exclusive interview with StaceyPageOnline.com, Wilson explained the incident that cost her her job and said her misstep was “not intentional or detrimental to the patient.”
Wilson said the patient she and her partner treated was suffering from an allergic reaction to an antibiotic. Her partner, who was just 5 months from completing his paramedic training, was guided by Wilson in administering drugs to counter the patient’s allergic reaction.
Wilson said she really never gave any thought to jumping in the driver’s seat and taking the patient to the hospital. “My partner was very capable and competent, but if there would have been an issue, I would’ve pulled over and treated the patient,” she added.
To add insult to injury, Department of Homeland Security regulations effective July 1, 2014, will eliminate Basic-Advanced EMT and Intermediate EMT. If these regulations were in place now, this probably would not have been an issue.
According to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security website, all Basic-Advanced and Intermediates will have the opportunity to enroll in a Bridge course to achieve the next highest level of certification. They have until June 30, 2014, to complete the course.
“I know I did something wrong, but the punishment doesn’t fit the crime,” she said. “I know the board of directors was put into a difficult situation, I did have great support from some of the board members, however, I still feel like I’m getting a life sentence for a speeding ticket.”