Random Thought #4

After going to the umpteenth person who answers in the negative when I ask, “Have you tried taking a painkiller?”, I would suggest that if people were to take a painkiller, my workload would be halved.
And after last night, a drop of antacid for indigestion might be handy as well.

But that way lies madness, for soon I'll expect people to be able to put a sticking plaster on themselves next.

26 thoughts on “Random Thought #4”

  1. Reminds me of doing the Emergency Aid badge (think basic first aid) with my cubs a few months ago. I was surprised just how many hed never been shown how to use a plaster.

  2. I think to many young people nowadays area) Not taught to do anything as everyone else will do it for them

    b) Are taught not to take responsibility for their actions.

    I had to show a work experience how to mop a floor the other day they just swung vaguely with a soaking mop. Thing was they had been there for 2 days and seen a mop being used, just not used it themselves.

  3. My GP is one at a university as I'm in the catchement area, and when I was there the other day this year's crop of students had arrived. Considering they have A levels etc it's amazing how almost none of them knew how to 'look both ways' (or even look at all) before crossing a road. Maybe this is the first time they've ever been let out by themselves other than in a shopping mall? Or else they presume roads become pedestrianised just for them as they walk along?They may be in the 'top howevermany percent', but I'd sure have my doubts whether they could mop floors or apply plasters if needed…

  4. In my experience, a mouthful of Gaviscon or similar will provide pretty much instant relief of indigestion – worth a try before phoning 999? But of course, you only need one finger to dial, don't you… much less hassle!Every sensible ambulance crew will be aware that a report of 'pain in the chest' could be a heart attack. Signs, symptoms, history and ECG will be used to decide whether it actually is….

    (Well, that's the case on MY vehicle, anyway!)

  5. In schools, the heads can't put on a plaster without first asking the parents for their permission. But they can arrfange an abortion and keep it secret from the parents..

  6. Schools can't give antibiotics either, even with written instructions. This means the kids have to have a week off every time their tonsils go wrong, then the school complains about their attendance!

  7. The LAS seemed to have a penchant for Nubain [pre-hospital].Curiously I can NEVER remember a doctor prescribing the stuff.

    Even LAS seem to give it less frequently nowadays, instead getting straight down to business with morphine [for more severe types of pain, of course].

    Was Nubain just a fad, or was it just cheap ?

    p.s. I realise this was not the point of your post, but I'm curious.

  8. I wonder how much of a murder it really is to call an amublance for no good reason ? After all, if you do it and someone dies because the ambulance is not available, then you pretty much killed the person, right?

  9. Vic 18.50 – “In schools, the heads can't put on a plaster without first asking the parents for their permission.”A while ago I was teaching 'Basic First Aid' to a group of primary school teachers who had figured a 'work-around' – they carried some toilet paper in their pockets to cover wounds, and only called an ambulance if the child's parents weren't immediately available to come to the schools put the plaster on….

  10. Funny you mention Tesco's. My hubby fall and scratched his knee while I was abroad. As I dont keep any medical stuff at home he went to Tesco's to buy something to cover the wound with. When he got there a very helpful customer assistant convinced him that the one-hour- old wound was oozing pus (!!?) and that he should seek medical help asap. He then disregarded my opinion over the phone (I've only worked in hospitals for ten yeras after all!!!) and still presented himself in the Walk-in- Centre; where he was throughfully laughted at and waited forever to be seen. Exactly what he deserved. At least he didn't call an ambulance…

  11. Of course, home carers administer medication, common sense and even the odd plaster or pain killer without anything but basic first aid training, half a day meds training and a working brain – and all for a smidgen more than minimum wage allocated by the Council – but then they are only doing it to old people who also apply common sense more often than not so it doesn't count…..

  12. LAS (and I believe other amb services) stopped using Nubain a few years ago. I believe one of the reasons was that it could actually increase pain in males, whilst working properly to lessen pain in women.

  13. Indeed, and that is what our computerised system for prioritising calls does as well.I treat *everything* as a serious call until I've whittled away the nasty things with a mixture of history taking, observation and consideration of vital signs.

    So, while I might say to my crewmate on the way to a job, “I bet it's a load of old rubbish”, we'll still get there as quickly as is safely possible and we'll still not jump to any conclusions.

    Jumping to conclusions is an easy way to find yourself standing up in front of the coroner's court.

  14. Often 16-26 year old tend towards not having heart attacks (although if they use cocaine all bets are off) and if you have a history of indigestion, and it feels like your indigestion pain, and it disappears with a drop of antacid, well, it's likely to have been indigestion.Horse not zebras.

  15. Absolutely – one of my friends cares for a relative, and I am constantly horrified by the way he is treated and recompensed by the government.

  16. There's some crazy rules for carers.I am cared for by my boyfriend who is a sensible sort of person, but social services have set up this sort of contingency plan in case he's hospitalised or something, where a carer will come to my home to fill my boyfriend's role for up to 72 hours. Which is great. We had to draw up some instructions for this hypothetical carer and that's when we discovered that a carer isn't allowed to open a pack of medication, nor break the seal on a blister pack. They may suggest, prompt, instruct or remind me to take a tablet; they may bring me the pack, fetch me a drink, bring me scissors or a knife if necessary for me to use to open the packaging. But the cannot actually pop the tablet out.

  17. Yep, Nubain has been stopped and we've all swapped over to morphine.The other problem with Nubain (besides it not being very good in my experience) is that we only had 'homeopathic' dosages. I think that we had it because it was cheap, wasn't morphine and had few side effects that us stretcher monkeys would have had to deal with.

    The pain relief available to us is Aspirin (although not on our books for pain relief only for the treatment of MIs), Entonox, Paracetamol (in it's Calpol presentation, again mostly for fever reduction) and Morphine.

    So realistically it's Entonox or Morphine or nothing.

  18. I've been told that entonox works wonders for migraines, so if I ever end up needing an ambulance for pain-related suicidal urges* again, I'll hopefully remember to ask for some. I just hope the request would be well-received. Druggies don't scam for entonox, do they?*The migraine itself is not an emergency, but suicidal urges brought on by pain can be, especially if you've caught yourself beginning to act on them.

  19. Not that it applies to me currently, but I am suddenly glad all my daily pills get popped out weekly into a reminder-thingie. I assume that's how it's worked around, only one weekly visit needed then by a Trained Medical Professional.

  20. Damn. In that case I suppose there's no way to find out if it would actually help. Usually just being in Casualty is enough to stop me doing anything silly, anyway.If I'm ever so lucky, I'll not even have an opportunity – I got through the last two really awful bouts with the help of the Samaritans and never got to the looking-for-a-means stage. They're pretty good people too.

  21. I was prescribed ultram after I had had an accident and had been operated on my shoulder. I can say it gave its effect on my postoperate pains.

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