THE Queensland Ambulance Service has issued a warning to Gold Coast residents about the dangers of driving seriously ill or injured people to hospital.
It comes after friends of a 27-year-old man attempted to transport him to hospital in the back of a ute after a motorbike crash at Tugun on Sunday.
Gold Coast Assistant Commissioner Dee Taylor-Dutton said paramedics were eventually called to assist the man who had two fractured ankles in the crash.
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“His mates called Triple Zero half-way to hospital, when they realised he needed urgent medical assistance,” she said.
“Unfortunately this is not uncommon. Every year, we see well-meaning people take patients to hospital in their own car.
“Things can deteriorate very quickly and a patient’s injuries can quickly escalate to become life-threatening.”
Ms Taylor-Dutton said the best action a bystander could take, was to assess the person’s airway, breathing and circulation, call Triple Zero (000) and provide first aid until paramedics arrived.
“In an emergency, seconds count, which is why it is crucial to call Triple Zero (000) immediately,” Ms Taylor-Dutton said.
“If you require non-urgent medical transportation you can call 131233, however if in doubt, always dial Triple Zero (000).”