You occasionally see it on the news "Paramedic punched by patient". You probably say something like "oh what sort of person would do that?" and then move on/carry on with what you were doing. I've been assaulted. Several times. The list so far: 1. Pinned against the side of the Ambulance and Punched in the … Continue reading Violence in the Ambulance Service
**To set the ground rules- This blog will be fairly heavy on Anatomy and possibly a bit gruesome... so if you're squeamish, this isn't the blog for you** I applied for the West Midlands Surgical Training Centres Surgical Skills Course after seeing it advertised on Twitter. "One place remaining" was all I read, and … Continue reading Surgical Skills Day
The front-line doesn't scare me. Going to work doesn't scare me. Terrorism doesn't scare me, and the unknown doesn't scare me.
I've just spoken to a colleague. A Paramedic of 15 plus years and genuinely all round fantastic clinician. He was working on a Private 999 contract for an NHS trust recently that would not allow him to Intubate. He backed up an NHS Paramedic in a car who was not trained to Intubate. Their patient … Continue reading A devastating Intubation example….
The College and joint working groups have had their say in a draft proposal, so here is mine. Intubation isn't a game. It's not fun and it's not without risk. All clinicians who are trained in it accept this. It's not something we do often, and in some places it's not done at all … Continue reading Intubation
Empathy for many is quite hard to achieve. Most confuse it with Sympathy, and that generally doesn't get received the same way. People want Empathy, not Sympathy. Empathy is much easier when you have experienced something yourself. Grief, deep grief is something that some will never acknowledge; others will find it difficult to cope … Continue reading Empathy
Sorry! I somewhat tuned out of blogging for a while (almost 9months)... Whats been going on? Well.... I was working for a Private Ambulance Company- they closed down. I moved into Event Medicine, and have been working on 2 film sets over the last 3 months. I completed my BSC top-up at BCU and have … Continue reading It’s been a while….
I'm not one for statements. I don't think you can get a "feeling" about jobs or wake up in the morning and know its going to be a "Bad Day". However, I have just worked 4 shifts, 4x13 hour shifts, and not cannulated any of my patients. Not one. Nobody needed pain relief that couldn't … Continue reading Cannulation= Zero
It's never easy. For some it gets easier, but never easy. There is always that one guy/gal who's stance is "na nothing like that ever bothers me, just out job innit". That guy/gal is the one who is likely at most risk. Denial is never a good thing, acceptance is sometimes hard to achieve. Putting … Continue reading Death + Mental Health
On average, I get around 5 or 6 hours sleep a night when on a run of shifts. That's a combination of being late off every day, driving home and to work in traffic, having shifts that are only scheduled 12hours apart anyway, and not being able to "switch off". 5 or 6 hours sleep. … Continue reading Sleep, or the lack of