Ambulances, and the first-responders who serve in them, are the very symbols of safety. When our lives are in danger, they rush to help us. Trained paramedics treat and care for us, and take us to the hospital if necessary. We certainly want to feel safe in an ambulance. And usually, we are. Yet the truth is, ambulances and paramedics are vulnerable to all kinds of cross-contamination from sick patients. Studies have shown that dangerous pathogens, including some that are resistant to antibiotics, are frequently found in ambulance fleets. This puts patients as well as health workers at risk...

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