"The average EMS provider is not really trained to make that decision on their own," said Dr. David Jaslow
He's the director of Albert Einstein Medical Center's Division of EMS and Disaster Medicine and the medical director of the Bucks County Rescue Squad in Bristol.
So rescuers called Bucks County 911 and requested Jaslow's
team of EMS physicians.
"A lot of this is trust," said Jaslow
"It's still unknown."
said, don't necessarily want to see a doctor show up on scene in scrubs and white coat.
The Einstein team, however, are all certified paramedics and work for ambulance squads themselves.
They wear EMS uniforms when they're called to scenes.
"We're not just doctors who say, 'I think I want to play in this world,'" said Jaslow
has years of experience with this type of emergency fieldwork.
works with Urban Search and Rescue and responded to the Gulf after Hurricane Katrina and to New York after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
He was thrust into action closer to home after getting a call from colleagues at Bucks County Rescue Squad in 2006.
A worker at a Bristol plant had his
arms trapped in a metal press and was pinned between a set of 2,000-pound rollers.
Crews were unable to free the man and when Jaslow
realized that amputating both arms was the only way to save him.
Under difficult conditions, Jaslow
completed the procedure and the man survived.
, the incident enforced the need to have a formal network to dispatch physicians to such unusual incidents.
"This type of thing does not generate money," Jaslow