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A Bad Habit

Written by RSS Poster Trying My Patients on the 08th October 2014 at 10:03 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

"50 year old female, back pain, #111"I pulled up outside the house, grabbed my bags and a full PRF and headed in. On the car, we use mini-PRFs as we normally hand over to the crew. If we leave someone at home then a full size PRF is completed enabling you to go into further detail. This patient was not going to be going to hospital! A one week history of back pain in the middle of the night was not an emergency, nor did it need to waste the time of a busy A & E, a heaving walk in centre or a...
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Kids, Buses, Bikes and Helmets

Written by RSS Poster Trying My Patients on the 07th October 2014 at 7:23 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

"RTC, bus vs child, age unknown, ? trapped, screaming"I'd just left the house of a 35 year old man with a temperature. I was his second 999 call of the day and to be quite honest, I was fed up. Fed up with the constant stream of time wasters who abuse the right to have a 'free at point of contact' service. I gave suitable advise for his temperature and suitable advise on appropriate use of the service. I sat back in my car, slumped back into my seat and closed my eyes in sheer frustration. This kind...
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The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Written by RSS Poster Trying My Patients on the 06th October 2014 at 13:48 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

"66 year old institution, near collapse."I don't really know where to start on this one. Usually I am ready to commentate on all things ambulance, especially when we are in the news, being thrown under the bus or maligned. A few months back The Spectator published the first of two articles regarding the current crisis within the ambulance service. It touches upon the amount of frontline staff leaving in their droves, and asks the very simple question, why? Fast forward a month and a second article...
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The Students Guide To Blogging

Written by RSS Poster Trying My Patients on the 30th May 2014 at 15:52 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

This post is the result of various requests and emails I have had over the last few months, mainly from student paramedics. Being 2014 and very much an online world, prospective students and current students, and indeed anyone else, turns to the Internet to find out what the job is like from the people doing the jobs. Many, it appears have stumbled across my blog as a point of reference! In a number of cases, it has led them to want to start their own blog of their experiences from training, all...
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The X Factor

Written by RSS Poster Trying My Patients on the 30th May 2014 at 7:23 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

“45 year old male, bleeding penis”Yes, I’m a 6 year old. When the word ‘penis’ appears on the screen in front of me I laugh, every time! Actually it’s more of a snigger, but still, I’ll admit I’m a child! Unsurprisingly, neither my crew mate or myself wanted to have to examine a bleeding penis. We don’t even need to see it. There is nothing we are likely to do other than get the patient to apply pressure themselves. I certainly won’t be applying any direct or indirect pressure...
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The Generation Gap

Written by RSS Poster Trying My Patients on the 28th May 2014 at 11:16 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

"28 year old male, fall, hip injury"One of my greatest frustrations about this job is how the elderly don't want to be a burden on us when they need us most, mirrored by young people seemingly being unable to cope without us. The sheer volume of people aged between 16 - 40 who call 999 with a worrying frequency is putting a huge strain on the NHS. People in this age group with coughs and colds, minor injuries and other such benign ailments seem intent to call us out as a first port of call. On the...
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Hakuna Matata

Written by RSS Poster Trying My Patients on the 27th May 2014 at 12:26 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

"2 year old male, vomiting"Blue lights, fast cars, sirens, life threatening emergencies, death, destruction, trauma, helicopters, police cars, fire engines and hi-vis jackets. This is what the ambulance service is often seen to be. On rare occasions it is. The reality however, is much closer to this job! A vomiting child! In almost 7 years, I have never called an ambulance because my child is vomiting. In fact, I have never called an ambulance for him, despite the temperatures, tantrums, chicken...
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Choices

Written by RSS Poster Trying My Patients on the 26th May 2014 at 10:34 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

There is a recurring conversation that I have with people when talking about my job. It normally starts with a "I couldn't do your job..." with infills of "I don't know how you do it..." and "don't you get scared..." or "how do you sleep at night?" etc etc. My stock answer is something like "Ha! It's fine, things don't really effect me..." with side notes of "I disassociate myself from the patients..." and "I get into a zone and don't really think about it..." etc etc. You see the pattern!The fact...
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Afro Circus

Written by RSS Poster Trying My Patients on the 25th May 2014 at 9:20 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

"3 year old female, crying"Crying. The child is crying. It doesn't exactly fulfil the 'THIS is an emergency' campaign that's plastered on the side of most ambulances but hey, I'm not there. She might be crying for any number of reasons! All will be revealed!To the chorus of sirens and the lighting extravaganza of blue lights, we rushed through the busy traffic on route to this seemingly life threatening call. I do often wonder, as the cars dive out of our way, what these drivers would think if they...
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Blue Coats

Written by RSS Poster Trying My Patients on the 11th May 2014 at 10:41 - Posted in Ambulance Blogs

From time to time I get opportunities to work at sporting and music events. I have worked for a few private companies over the years but now limit myself to just the one! It's the only company, other than my main employer that I will work for, and that is simply down to the people that run it, the people that work for them and the working atmosphere that's created by the above combination! It's a far cry from the endless decreasing morale and target driven pressures of every NHS ambulance service!...
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