The Bradley County Emergency Medical Service has been fined $500 by the state agency in charge of ambulance regulations.The fine resulted from two vials of medication being out of date, per the …
The Bradley County Emergency Medical Service has been fined $500 by the state agency in charge of ambulance regulations.
The fine resulted from two vials of medication being out of date, per the Tennessee Department of Health EMS division, along with oxygen tanks being displaced on an ambulance and an extra fire extinguisher on an ambulance, according to BCEMS Director Shawn Fairbanks.
Fairbanks said he was first contacted by Chattanooga media after they had an anonymous tip that the ambulance service was fined $250,000. He said that was not true, and explained the $500 fine to the news service.
He verified the $500 fine to the Cleveland Daily Banner this morning.
Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis received the same question about the alleged $250,000 fine, and mentioned the actual fine numbers.
"The fine was only $500 for the one infraction, and it was minor," Davis said.
The mayor added that "this is the first time in my recollection the department has ever received such a notice," he said.
Fairbanks said that an issue that led to the fine was the date on the two vials of Lasix. Lasix is a diuretic (water pill) that prevents the body from absorbing too much salt. It is used to treat fluid retention in people with congestive heart failure, liver disease, or a kidney disorder.
The two vials, according to the BCEMS Chief, had an expiration date of "10/17," with the last two numbers indicating the year (2017). Fairbanks said that rather than expiring at the end of the month, the state considers the expiration at the beginning of the month.
He said that such infractions will not occur in the future, and did not feel that the public was put in any danger.
"We run a top-notch service, and I am proud of the men and women who provide care for our county and city," Fairbanks said.
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