Definition of Sods Law:
“If something can go wrong or turn out inconveniently it will. Also known as Murphy’s Law”
So, I’m working with a brand new Student Paramedic. It’s his first shift on the road and we are checking the vehicle together.
Medic999: “Have you checked the response bag yet?”
Chris: “No, not yet”
Medic999 “OK, I’ll do it”
As I do my usual checks of the bag, I ensure that all of the essential equipment is present and in working order, before moving onto the ‘soft items’.
Someone in their wisdom, has decided to stock the bag with enough bandages and dressings to care for at least five patients at once, so I go about emptying at least 50% of what is in the bag back into the store.
I also decide this is a good learning point to share with Chris, my student for the shift.
“You know, sometimes overstocking the bag can just be as troublesome as under stocking. If you put too much in here, then you have trouble finding what you want and inevitably something’s go out of date or the packaging becomes damaged. I mean look at all of this I’ve just taken out of the bag!”
I waft my arm across the array of dressings now lying on the stretcher in a grand sweeping gesture.
I can see he is suitable impressed with my years of knowledge and practical experience……
The radios go off and the terrafix computer greats us with its ‘siren’ alarm, alerting us to a new emergency.
Into the cab we go and off on blues to the address flagged up on the screen.
For this detail we are going to a middle aged man who has self harmed and cut his arm. Nothing too strenuous or taxing to do for this one then.
We arrive on scene and walk into a bloodbath. There is blood up the walls and clotted blood in the sink. Probably close to 1000ml in the hall way and the kitchen alone. After walking into the front room, I see Bill sitting on the sofa with more deep self harm cuts than I have ever seen in my career. 2-3 inch cuts along both arms down to muscle, both on the inside and outside aspects, then the same down both of his legs. Some of which are still bleeding.
I open the first response bag and look at the selection of dressings that I now have……..
I’m sure that Chris was smirking when I asked him to go and get some more dressing from the vehicle for me!!