Grand County coroner would be much busier if not for Kremming ER
March 30, 2008
Benjamin Franklin’s declaration of the only two things that are certain in this world ” death and taxes ” is challenged by Brenda Bock, Grand County Coroner.
“I’ve heard about people who don’t pay taxes, but I’ve never heard of anyone avoiding death.”
Fortunately for Bock’s father, Kremmling Memorial Hospital emergency physicians ” assisted by nurses, laboratory scientists and radiologists ” were able to avert what would have been his certain death when he suffered from myocardial infarction, (a heart attack).
“My dad would have died if the emergency room was not here to stabilize him when he had his heart attack,” Bock said.
Bock’s father made it to the hospital and was treated within the critical period of time known as the “Golden Hour.” Blood flow was restored to the heart in time to prevent sudden cardiac death and transportation to a higher level care facility was then possible.
As a certified death inspector, Bock investigates and determines manner and cause of death. Thanks to timely treatment, Bock did not have to do her job with her father.
Without access to emergency department care, Bock believes the number of cases she would have to investigate would “double.”
Emergency departments are an important service in any community, especially in rural areas where accidents often happen in isolated areas places away from medical care. Complete care isn’t always possible due to resources and economic factors, so transportation to higher level facilities is often required.
In my opinion, we should appreciate and value the ability of rural emergency facilities to stabilize people to a sufficiently healthy condition to be transported.
So what advice does our county coroner have about life in general?
“Life’s too short not to laugh. You can’t take life too seriously, believe me,” she says. “I’m with grieving people all the time and it’s a job that must be done with compassion, but when I’m amongst standing up people ” the living ” it’s OK for me to laugh and enjoy people.”
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