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Community steps up to get patient to hospital safely

March 1, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor (editor@dysartreporter.com) , Dysart Reporter

Winter weather and deteriorating road conditions couldn't stop the people of Dysart from helping the ambulance service transport a pregnant patient to Cedar Rapids on Sunday, Feb. 24 as Dysart Fire Dept, Dysart Public Works and Cael Petersen helped clear the way.

"We were dispatched to transport a woman in labor to Allen in Waterloo around 9:23 a.m. and tried to plot a course up through the weather," Julie Scadden, Dysart Ambulance Director said. "No one had advised that Highway 21 blocked. Cael Petersen went ahead with his snow blow to clear the way. There was a lot of traffic on the road and we found out it was completely blocked to Waterloo."

Instead, Dysart Ambulance was advised to go to Cedar Rapids via Highway 30, which was reported as far more clear. A DOT truck was able to plow areas on Highway 21 South before the group made the trip down. Petersen continued in front and Dysart Public Works right behind. They were able to safely transport the patient to St. Luke's Hospital.

"This was a huge effort between DOT, our Fire Dept, the Petersens and it was a truly village that got us through," Scadden said. "I have never seen as much bad weather in my career. I've seen whiteouts, but this year has been challenging."

Scadden reminds residents that if officials are recommending no travel and recalling snow plows, EMS will not have any more success getting through the snow than plowing crews would in inclement conditions.

"The public has to understand in conditions like we had that ambulances can't get through," Scadden. "We are very appreciative of the community helping us transport this patient. I won't say you wouldn't see this anywhere else in Iowa, but it says something about the people of Dysart and our crews to be able to pull this off."

 
 

 

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