Lincoln nurse speaks out after traffic from marathon keeps her from helping patient
Lincoln nurse Mandi Adams has driven Lincoln roads for years. She goes back and forth to several hospitals but the marathon on November 3rd, slowed her down.
What originally takes about 15 minutes, took her nearly 56 minutes to get to her destination.
"I had several people calling me asking where I was you know giving me updates on different things that had happened with this patient and there was nothing I could do but sit in my car and wait," Adams said.
Adams was the only person in town that day that could perform the services she does.
As someone in the medical profession, time is crucial. Adams says even a small delay could be life or death.
"It honestly does happen sometimes in a matter of minutes, something unpredictable or unexpected or something unknown happens and this whole team needs to be able to react immediately together to get this person feeling well again," Adams said.
Lincoln police say runners have the right away. They do anything they can to make sure they are not in any danger.
When Adams tried to go through, she had on her credentials, medical uniform on and explained to police the situation.
"They were very apologetic and very understanding but no exceptions," Adams said.
Adams says most of the time the hospitals can try and prepare but sometimes it's not possible to predict someone becoming so sick so quickly.
"Marathon routes could be planned in such a way that there would be even one small small straight route between each of the hospitals," Adams said.
The marathon happens every year in Lincoln. It's something Adams says impacts not just her but other people in the medical field.
"I've devoted a large portion of my time to making sure that I am available to help people when they need it," Adams said.