One of the first rules:
Always act in a professional manner!
Picture the scene…
Call to a cardiac arrest on a young adult male. I arrive in the rapid response car at the same time as the main ambulance. I jump out of the car, get my response bag over my right shoulder, my oxygen bag over my left and the defib in my right hand. I move round the side of the car then make across a small patch of grass to get to the patients front door.
I didn’t see the rather large rock in the grass!
Trip!……Next think I know, I am lying flat, sprawled out on the grass. The defib has bounced off to my right, my response bag has opened and some of the kit has tipped out and I now have mud down both legs.
Remember, always act professional!
Luckily the patients family didn’t see me but unfortunately, both colleagues from the ambulance did.
Don’t think I am going to live that one down in a hurry
Just for a change I thought I would also give you a quick glimpse into a full shift for me. These are the jobs I attended to today (kept deliberately vague!)
- Epigastric/Central Chest Pain – Non cardiac
- Fracture Dislocation of Right Shoulder
- Fractured Ankle
- Sudden Death
- Fall – Scalp Injury
- Collapse in the Street – CVA
- Forehead Laceration in a pre-school child
- Heroin overdose – respiratory arrest
- Jaundice Baby – generally unwell/lethargic
- Fall Scalp Injury
- Cardiac Chest Pain – Unstable angina
Busy day all in all, but all of the jobs were appropriate and worthwhile. Its been a good day!