Dr. Douglas Paul hopes he is never called to a road, shop floor or farm field to amputate the limb of someone who cannot be freed from a car or machinery by emergency medical workers.
But the surgeon wants to be prepared just in case.
The Columbus Division of Fire and Grant and Ohio State University medical centers have developed a partnership to respond to such an incident. Emergency medical workers are not trained to perform amputations.
When someone is trapped and could die, an emergency response medical team from either of the hospitals now will help rescue workers at trauma scenes.