ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) – Hundreds of emergency medical professionals were in Rochester Friday, furthering their knowledge about their careers. The 35th Annual Heroes Among Us EMS Conference included a very specific session Friday, learning about practicing modern medicine in a conservative community – like the Amish.
There are more than 3,000 Minnesotans living in Amish communities – many of them living in southeastern Minnesota. And while E-M-S crews don’t often visit that community.. it does happen.
Katie Hershberger grew up Amish and left at the age of 18. She is now a registered nurse and has been sharing her experience to help the medical community.
She says the Amish tend to stay out of the modern world and in an emergency situation may refuse transport or treatment.
“I just want them to understand even though they may say ‘no we’re not going now.’ If the EMS responders see that there is a need to be see they should just take them,” Hershberger said. “They’ll be okay with it in the end.”
Having lived in the community, Hershberger just wants EMS professionals to be comfortable while caring for the Amish community – it could save a life.