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Redpoint sends medics to Rome to care for a man with life-threatening illness

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“You guys were the best and will never be forgotten”

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Redpoint’s critical care paramedic in St. Peter’s Square

A California couple were on an around-the-world trip, when the husband fell gravely ill and very nearly died. He had merely stubbed his toe in Japan, but by the time the couple arrived in Europe, that injury had developed into an internal infection with life-threatening complications.

In Rome, the patient’s resultant congestive heart failure had worsened to the point that his heart stopped beating. Fortunately, local doctors at the receiving hospital in Rome were able to resuscitate him.

His travel company, which is in the process of switching over to Redpoint’s services, asked Redpoint for help overseeing their client’s care.

The patient’s wife requested that her husband be transferred from the private clinic to a public hospital in Rome. In the meantime, Redpoint’s dispatched critical care paramedic had arrived at his bedside, and handled the transfer in an ambulance from the private hospital’s ICU to the public hospital’s critical-care emergency room.

“He was barely conscious in the ambulance,” the paramedic said. “I thought he was going to die.”

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The patient is transferred in Rome

The Redpoint medic liaised with the patient’s new Italian doctor and helped the patient and his wife understand the process, expedited the patient’s care, and kept the travel company updated at every step.

After the patient began to recover, the private clinic noted that they would not start a physical therapy program without the consent of his doctor. Redpoint’s critical care paramedic instead started to work with the patient directly, teaching him the physio treatment on his own, which was to be continued when the man returned home.

Ultimately the patient was released and cleared for travel home to San Diego.

It was the small details of the paramedic’s assistance, such as shampooing the patient’s hair, that the couple noticed the most.

“You went above and beyond what you were asked to do,” the patient’s wife, Donna, told Redpoint personnel from her husband’s bedside in Rome.

“[He] was a best friend almost immediately,” the patient, Stephen, wrote about the Redpoint medic in an email after returning to the United States. “It was very difficult to say goodbye to him. You guys were the best and will never be forgotten.”

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