No, You Are Going To Hospital

We are called to an eighty year old collapse with a cut hand, and arriving find him and his wife in the kitchen.

What we originally thought was going to be a collapse followed by a cut hand turns out to be the other way around.

He cut his hand, saw the blood and fainted.

He doesn't like blood. Or needles.

His wife is diabetic, when she injects herself he has to look away.

The cut is rather small, I teach my crewmate about the thenar eminence while she dresses it.

The patient doesn't want to go to hospital, and the cut is of the type that one of our ECPs can deal with. We will do a full assessment on our patient and leave him at home to await the ECP.

Everything is going fine, we are having a chat about children.

He seems quite calm.

Then he stiffens, vomits and stares straight ahead.

He doesn't answer to my calling his name.

He starts to sweat profusely.

I scrabble to feel a pulse, can't feel one.

No pulse.

Then it's back – thudding slowly away. He looks at us quizzically.

'Did I faint again?'

I take my own pulse.

He's a nice man. His wife is nice. I had visions of CPR on the tiny kitchen floor.

My crewmate says it, 'You are coming to hospital'


I'm sure you'd like to join me in wishing Jess Smith good luck as she heads of to Afghanistan.


More news on the FRU that was shot at which I mentioned in a previous post….

A London ambulance worker today described the moment she was shot twice after treating a patient.

Emergency medical technician Suzanne O'Rourke, 40, pictured left, had been responding to a call. She was saved from serious injury because one shot was stopped by her stab-proof vest and the other grazed her shoulder.

Ambulance bosses voiced their anger at the attack and highlighted the dangers faced by their staff.

Mrs O'Rourke said she was attacked as she walked back to her fast-response car after treating a patient in King's Close, Leyton, at 3.30am on 23 August. “I was on my own when I heard a bang and something hit me on my back. I must have turned around to see where it was coming from when something hit me on the shoulder as well. It hurt a lot.

These shots were fired by someone who might need us one day. I'm actually speechless about this, not from fear, but from anger and disappointment.

3 thoughts on “No, You Are Going To Hospital”

  1. Good luck, Jess. Come home safe.My friend once cut her finger and fainted. Sadly, she was on top of a ladder at the time, so when she fell it was about five feet. Her then 5 year old daughter called an ambulance, calm as you like, and they got there just as she came to. She went to hospital at their suggestion, but thankfully was fine. We teased her for months, but it could actually have been really nasty.

    As for the shooting – lost for words. Disgusted doesn't cover it.

  2. Been trying to hide from the Afganistan thing for a while. My brother will be out there soon. Oh well, another anxiety attack. Should be used to this by now.I'm so angry at those fools. Do they really think its big or clever? I just see a moron with a weapon.

  3. I had a new paramedic riding with me to get authorized to work independently, and a brand new basic EMT partner, who was not used to working with a medic partner. The medic was drawing some blood samples on a stable asthma patient, when the new partner looked at the blood. Passed out standing up. Fortunately, I had noticed the slight change in appearance, from healthy to corpse-like, and got behind him and carried him to a couch. He sat down and started to look better, said he was OK, but then passed out again. So, I had to get another ambulance to transport him. The asthma patient was more concerned about the EMT, than about herself. It's always something different.

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