Is there a doctor in the house?

It’s not everyday that an EMS unit has a doctor on board and it’s even more remarkable for that doctor to have run rescue in Loudoun County not so long ago. Loudoun Rescue’s unit M613E had the privilege of hosting Dr. Luke Sponholz, MD as a “ride along” guest of the squad on Sunday Oct. 29th. Dr. Sponholz is currently a teaching-hospitalist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City; but just 10 years ago he was a volunteer EMT at Sterling Fire and Rescue. Dr. Sponholz’ background brings a unique perspective to Emergency Medical Services and points out that the role of the first responder is far more important than we realize and should not be underestimated. “The trajectory of the patient’s outcome is determined long before a doctor sees a patient.”

The experience of having a physician observe first responders in the field and then dissecting those experiences during debriefings after each call provided valuable learning opportunities for the crew and gave them better insights on how to better assess patient histories and conditions in the future. Dr. Sponholz was a delightful addition to the crew and Loudoun Rescue hopes he considers returning for more ride alongs in the future.

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