Volume 32 Number 1
By Paul MacMillan, EMT
Here at SOLO we are hearing this question more and more from our instructors. Frank Hubbell, D.O., Josh MacMillan, Paramedic, and Paul MacMillan, CAGS, WEMT, we believe this is important information to have for two reasons. First, because you are more in tune with what their medical needs may be and second, you can treat the patient with the dignity they deserve. This information is so important as the patient will travel through the emergency medical system. With this being said, there are two great articles out there from the New York Times to read. One is titled Gay and Transgender Patients to Doctors: We’ll Tell. Just Ask., by Jan Hoffman dated May 29, 2017. The second article is titled A Transgender Learning Gap in the Emergency Room, by Helen Ouyang, M.D. dated April 13, 2017. Both of these articles highlight the learning curve we are all on and the need for more formal research that needs to be done to provide the best possible care to people.
The first steps you should take is knowing the Sexual Identity and Gender Identity Definitions: