EMS worker Timothy Waldo was part of a response team that arrived at the scene of Melvin Davis' home earlier this month. Although Davis had been hanging upside-down from a rope for several days, emergency crews reported that he was conscious but extremely weak when he was loaded into the ambulance.
However, when Davis arrived at Erlanger, he had clearly taken a turn for the worse. One of the doctors attending him on arrival contacted EMS to inquire what happened during Davis' ambulance ride.
Upon investigation, Chief Ken Wilkerson found that while Timothy Waldo was attending to Davis, he administered an IV bag of lidocaine rather than the pure saline he had meant to use. As a result, Davis "was in more of a critical state when he arrived at the hospital," Wilkerson said.
Davis remained in critical condition for nearly a week, but is currently listed in fair condition.
EMS Chief Wilkerson assures the public that Waldo did not have any malicious intent toward Davis, and just made an honest mistake.
Waldo was suspended for a month without pay and will be on probation for the near future, receiving regular work evaluations every 30 days. He has been demoted from paramedic to EMT and will have to undergo re-training at his own expense in order to regain his title.
Jamie Jackson, the EMT who was driving the ambulance, was cleared of misconduct and has returned to work.