Terrible news this past week when actress Natasha Richardson died, subsequent to what seemed to be a minor fall while learning to ski.
Such cases always spur second-guessing, and as this post at Kevin MD illustrates, this case is no different. Some people are turning this into a political football, wondering if somehow the Canadian style of national health care system is what did Ms. Richardson in. When I read the actual timeline, it seems clear that this was a case of the accumulation of a bunch of questionable human decisions every step of the way. Throw in the lack of helicopter availability in the area where they were vacationing, and in a case where time is of the essence, they lost it over and over.
The single most questioned decision has got to be: Who turned away the ambulance that arrived 17 minutes after her fall, and why did those EMTs agree to leave without even seeing the patient? The two hours lost right from the beginning is likely be all the delay required to make her situation unsalvageable.
And yet, how many of us would do the same if we felt fine, could walk, talk, etc? Well, maybe not anymore. But just in the comments and links in this BlogHer post, plenty of women share their stories of being bonked on the head and not immediately jumping to get checked out.
We can only hope that this tragic death convinces people that a head injury is nothing to ignore or "wait and see" about...hit on head? Get thee to an emergency room...stat!