FRU Again

I arrive on station to work with my crewmate, she's back after a day or two of sickness so I'm happy to see her.
Unfortunately there is someone else on station, a member of staff who has been tasked to cover her sickness.

So we have a spare member of staff. He rings the resource centre (the offices that organise manning resourcing.

They ask to have a chat with me.

I'm trained on the FRU, so they ask me nicely to leave my crewmate to work with the other member of staff. They want me to work on the FRU as it is currently un-manned un-resourced.

So now I find myself working on my own as a solo responder rather than working with my crewmate. This makes me sad, as one of the reason why I like my work is because I get on really well with my crewmate and we have a good laugh together.

As it is, I'm now stuck for twelve hours on my own.


As a vague aside about the new FRU motors – they are all Zafira models (presumably so that we can start transporting patients in them – a post for another day methinks).

The problem with the Zafiras is that they drive like a hippopotamus. Actually they drive like a hippo that you are trying to stear by poking sharp sticks in it's ears. The 'A frame' sits right in the line of vision that I need in order to see the people who leap out at me when I'm on blue lights. Finally the seat is incredibly uncomfortable, it feels like someone is punching me in the kidneys. This is not good considering that we are supposed to be on the road for the full twelve hours of our shift.


Ok, a question. Lets imagine I go to a patient who is either pretending to be unconscious, or is just refusing to speak to me. How do you write that in medical terminology? Without being rude, or using terms that could be seen as politically incorrect. I tend to write 'Patient apparently feigning unconsciousness', but it still doesn't seem right.

30 thoughts on “FRU Again”

  1. My job title is 'Lead Resource Co-ordinator'; I resource occupational psychologists to training workshops rather than anything to do with ambulances.I have have an appraisal this afternoon and will lobby my manager (whose surname is Manning) to change my job title to 'Lead Manning Co-ordinator'. I doubt she'll agree to the change; it's worth a try though, particularly if it means I get to co-ordinate my manager. I'll then be one step closer to take over the world. Mwahahah!

  2. Yeah, thanks for that – now I'm going to waste my entire day off thinking of acronyms that 1. describe a state of feigning unconsciousness and 2. make a rude word.Bastards! :o)

  3. I tend to just describe the fakerpants' behaviour, especially the clues that make me think they're a faking fakerpants/raving looney. As in 'Pt lying on floor with eyes closed tightly, positive response to painful stimuli noted, PEARL, moved hand out of the way of staff feet, etc etc'. You have to laugh though, most of them really do think they're giving an Oscar-worthy performance.

  4. I wouldn't joke about it too much about the cock punch, I know a paramedic who used to give, drunk / argumentative / combative patients a good swift kick in the nuts if they started to get violent (almost put violet.. whoops). Apparently they're less likely to make a complaint as they'll have to drop their trousers in order to show the offending area.

  5. I would go with this. It's purely factual, and although if the patient sees it they'll be just as pissed off about having been rumbled as they would if they saw you wrote “feigning unconsciousness”, there's nothing to complain about – you're not implying in any way that they were pretending or faking or lying or exaggerating. You're just listing the facts and any conclusions are drawn by whoever reads it.

  6. this…?- Patient displays signs of unconfirmed unconsciousness

    or more blut:

    – Patient has difficulty in keeping up communication with the Crew.

  7. I read this post and the comments in astonishment. People PRETEND to be unconscious?!?! And from the comments, it would seem that this is a fairly common occurence. Absolutely flabbergasted!

  8. You need a suitable phrase that condenses to an appropriate acronym.Might I suggest Patient Response Insufficient at Current Knowledge… I'm sure the ambo pros on here could come up with something apposite.

  9. suggestion?mutter to the wall “must get hippo needle and draw blud from spine”then ” by jove this needle be heavy”Then call control and ask for backup in the form of 18 stone lightweight to insert said needle.All in a days work.Glad to see ye back , stop 'skiveing ' keep thy readers fully informed on the nice weather ye be having .

  10. How about mutteringOh hell. I'm out of new needles. I'll have to use that one from the AIDA patient. Then jam a needle hard and deep into the buttocks.

  11. whoever thought a zafira is a good idea should be given a medal, one that says, completly insane.even the new volvo's that secamb may be getting are rubbish, for instance, who thought it wold be a good idea to have the radio,mdt and gps all built into a box on passenger side , instead of fitted to the dash, probably went something like this> hmm what would be the most awkward position for somebody who is driving on blue lights to look at, i know how about away from the road and into the cabin, yes this is a good idea ……..

  12. Hhmm, sadly unfortunate that we are about to receive those same Zafiras to replace our (with box on passenger seat) Volos…Again (like Vic ) don't know anyone who has tried them out on the road. I was not asked to try one. I have worked on the RRV/FRU/FRV here in my area for years….

    #GhOnDiE We tried to get rid of the boxes on H&S grounds…. Failed as service don't want to damage dash for resale value…!

  13. well if u are talking about the patient im thinking you are ;o) then i would've written 'pt complaining of headache which is rendering her completely incapable of movement including eye opening, until i cracked my head on the cupboard to which she then looked at me and laughed' grrrh!

  14. I think the politically correct way to describe a fake symptom is to state that it is “non-organic” in origin, so this would be “non-organic unconsciousness”

  15. Hi Tom, not sure if you have visited me recently, but I have had a petition agreed for providing all Ambulance personnel with stabvests. I am aware in some parts of the country some are provided them anyway, but it's not national. I would appreciate your support….thanks…Em..xx

  16. I tend to describe patients feigning injury or illness as having Plasterers syndrome i.e. laying it on with a trowel.It can also be described as ATS ….Acute Thespian Syndrome

  17. A mate of mine who worked as an A&E doctor used to bring in a “trainee” while (usually drunk) patients were feigning unconsciousness. Said “trainee” would be any random member of staff. The conversation would go something like this:”Ok, so you see those scratches, well there's a risk that our patient will get tetanus. So basically we need to give them an injection. I'll get it ready…”

    “[expression of surprise], that needle's like a garden hose!”

    “Yeah, but that's what it needs. Tell you what, do you fancy doing this one?”

    Patient would usually miraculously regain full consciousness *instantly* right about now…

  18. I'm assuming you mean the Opel Zafira and not the Hungarian porno star with the same name. It's amazing what you can turn up on Google

  19. Been catching up from a long time ago, so please excuse the comment on an 'old' post.I would write, “Patient appeared to be unconscious in all respects, but a swift kick to the kidney area proved otherwise.”

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