The safety of our paramedics is in the spotlight after cameras captured a patient unleashing an abusive tirade following a crash.
A 29-year-old rider and a female pillion passenger were flung from their bike when struck by a car turning across Grange Road, Adelaide in peak hour on Monday morning. The rider suffered a broken leg.
The ambos were trying to treat the injured motorcyclist, but the patient had to be restrained when he turned on them.
He initially refused painkillers, before being reluctantly placed onto a stretcher.
Screaming in agony, the man was filmed hitting out at those trying to help.
“Ahhhh you f***ing idiot. Ahhhh move me, f***ing move me,” the rider yelled at the paramedic who was trying to treat him.
“Stop swearing now, seriously mate,” the female ambo told him.
The patient was also recorded lashing out at a male paramedic who tried to reassure the rider he was there to help.
“Get the f*** off me… Get off me, dog,” he yelled.
Senior paramedics say incidents like this are unfortunately all too common and a number of factors can contribute to such a violent outburst from a patient.
They’re bemused the “hands off our ambos” message still isn’t sinking in.
“It becomes incredibly frustrating when there is no need for aggression, or no cause for aggression other than behaviour, substance abuse, or alcohol,” said the South Australia Ambulance Service’s Amanda Cameron.
Police say they haven’t ruled out laying charges over the violent incident.