Emergency on a Hospital Roof

by Ernie Cecchetto on September 28, 2015

How could someone die of a heart attack on the roof of a hospital?…

You would think that being in such close proximity to the people who could save your life would make this situation impossible right? But it actually happened.

It was a warm summer day and the roofing company contracted to replace the roof on the hospital was in the process of removing the heavy gravel ballast. One of the labourers was hauling material and it was obviously extremely strenuous. Consequently, the man suffered a heart attack…and following emergency protocol, the foreman called 911. Being on the roof created extreme access challenges and taking the man off the roof wasn’t an option for the crew. They needed to wait for emergency responders to get to the scene and stabilize the individual.

This is where things took a turn for the extreme worse. Ambulance attendants were instructed by 911 dispatchers to get to the 4th or 5th level of the hospital. It was obviously incredibly confusing and the responders who arrived at the scene didn’t realize the patient was on the roof…and if they did, they wouldn’t have a clue that the only access point was in an obscure stairwell on the other side of the building.

The man succumbed to the trauma. I can’t help but think he could have been around today if emergency services had access to the building drawings or something that would have lead them directly to the location.

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Ernie CecchettoEmergency on a Hospital Roof