Why does the ambulance sit parked after picking up my friend/family member?

The highly skilled emergency medical professionals are performing skills in the “controlled” environment of the ambulance and performing a primary, focused, and/or an advanced medical/trauma assessment on the patient to determine a field impression or “working diagnosis” and to treat that illness/injury appropriately in a prompt and effective manner.

The EMT or Paramedic may be taking vital signs, establishing an IV, recording and interpreting an ECG, administering oxygen, or administering drugs dependent on the medical condition of the patient. While we can and may sometimes perform some of these skills while traveling down the road it can be much more effective and safe to perform skills with limited movement.