Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Unfortunate Accidents

We were called to a young man in his eighties. This gentleman was normally fit well and healthy, didn’t take any medication, still drove his car and was the main carer for his wife of 60 years.

This young man had tripped over a loose paving slab and taken a knock just over the eye. There was nothing to see really, just a bit of a bruise and a lump.

We had a long chat with this gentleman who was insistent that he didn’t want to go to hospital, didn’t want to go to the ambulance just to be checked over and really didn’t see what the fuss was all about.

While we were talking to him, his wife was adamant that they just wanted to go home. This would have been all well and good as long as nothing changed.

Then, right in front of our eyes, the left side of his face started to drop and his speech started to become slurred. This was the start of a CVA (Stroke).

We got the oxygen on him and got him onto our chair and wheeled him quite quickly to the ambulance while a friendly bystander walked with his wife and brought her to the ambulance.

While we were waiting for the wife, we carried out a couple of tests, blood sugar, blood pressure, an ECG and his oxygen levels.

Once his wife was comfortably seated on the ambulance, we made a ‘Blue Call’. This alerts the hospital that we are going to arrive with a patient who needs immediate medical attention as soon as possible using blue lights and sirens to assist us through the traffic.

The team in the hospital confirmed that he had had a major bleed which could have either been caused when he hit his head or was due to happen when it did.

I don’t know what the outcome was, but I really hope that he is one of the few patients that fully recover.

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