Two posts in one day? Surely not!
This post has very little to do with actual ambulance work, and is more a request for advice.
As I may have mentioned before (in various comments if nothing else), our ambulances don't have restraints on the trolley beds, something that I happen to think is a real danger, both for patients and for the crews transporting them. Having had a chat with management, they have agreed that if I can put together a proposal then we can take it to the health and safety/vehicle equipment steering groups.
So my first request would be, if anyone has any useful supporting evidence (or evidence that doesn't support) the use of restraints in ambulances, I'd be grateful if you could point me in that direction.
Next up, I'm looking to learn another language – I know that I can't get my head around French, and I would like to have the language be actually useful to me. So my question is, what language should I learn to most be able to communicate with the non-English speakers in Newham. (Yes I do think that if you live in England then you should make some effort to learn the language, and that spending 10 years in the country and not being able to understand the language is rather disgraceful, but I am a pragmatist).
I'm thinking that Bangladeshi would be a pretty good choice as Newham has the second largest population in the country, with Tower Hamlets next door having the highest population. But perhaps Arabic would be a good language to learn as we have nearly 25% Muslims in Newham, and I'm led to believe (perhaps incorrectly) that Arabic is a Muslim common language. Maybe I should just do a little survey of the people who I pick up, who don't speak English…
Suggestions via email or the comments areas please.
Finally, it's the time of year for the Bloggies, where you the public vote for your favourite blogs. While it might be seen as blatant whoring, I've seen lots of other blogs do it, so I'll ask those interested to nominate me in either the Best British or Irish, or Best Topical blog (or both…I'm not fussy).