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Ambulance: The Finger

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe » Medic Scribe

I have been injured seriously enough to miss work twice in the last two decades.  Neither time was I injured on the job.  The first injury was playing softball on our ambulance team (back when we had one). I went from first to third on a single, and as the third base coach signaled me to slow, I stumbled coming into the bag, lost my balance, and landed on my outstretched hand, breaking a small bone in my wrist that required me to wear a cast for six weeks.  

A year or so earlier, I had broken the ring finger of my right hand at the top joint, playing basketball (going up for a rebound — the ball hit the tip of my outstretched finger), but never had to miss work, as I was able to wear a splint that only immobilized the top joint, and enabled me to to still do IVs, lift and carry.  My finger is still slightly bent to this day.

I stopped playing basketball (for fear of injury) after that until a few years ago when our company, which does standbys at the Civic Center, organized a basketball game between divisions to be...

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Ambulance: Assembly Line

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe » Medic Scribe

Many years ago, I worked on assembly lines in factories.  I put together and or packaged everything from Christmas Tree stands and door knobs to fast food store deli sandwiches and grocery store beef ribs.

The key to the assembly line was to go a little bit faster than you were comfortable going.  You had to work hard and pay attention to keep up.  If the line went too slow you were not as productive as you could be, or if it went too fast and people couldn’t keep up the line fell apart and everybody had to stop and start all over at a loss of time and production.

At one of the hardware plants I worked at there were two competing inspectors.  The time keeper studied your movements and taught you how to be move faster and more eficciently so more could be produced.  At the other end was the quality guy and he got pissed if things were not put together right.  The time keeper and the quality guy had different bosses and they hated each other.  The foreman didn’t care for either.  She just wanted to get the...

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Ambulance: Hope

Written by RSS Poster InsomniacMedic
The complex of buildings appears to have been built some time between when asbestos was the latest in safety and avocado green was the height of chic. An impossible maze of apartments, dotted around hidden, narrow side streets all with the same name, or no name, and a numbering system that bears no resemblance to today's recognised linear system. Buildings numbered in the hundreds sit in between buildings number four and six. The GPS always gives up and leaves us with either local knowledge or none. 

We call dispatch, ask them to link us up with the caller with a hope that they can give us directions. It seems like a simple call - a faint - but my gut tells me otherwise. The voice that comes on the other end of the phone is calm, so perhaps my gut is wrong. She gives us exact directions - to a completely different street - and tells us that someone will meet us outside. 

I see them running down the stairs as we enter the dead-end street, three pairs of legs rushing full pelt, one of them skipping the last few steps and landing in a heap at...

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Ambulance: DH miss the point and fail to apologise for breach of confidentiality

Written by RSS Poster Garth Marenghi
This is the full response I have received from the DH: "Our ref: DE00000948527    Dear Mr Dean,   Thank you for your recent correspondence to the Department of Health about the image used in a tweet posted on 17 July.  I have been asked to reply.The Department has looked carefully at this matter and what took place was an entirely unintentional mistake.  The Secretary of State for Health’s

Ambulance: Back On The Road

Written by RSS Poster InsomniacMedic
My last post on here, some nine months ago, reads now as both a warning and a reminder. I was
warning myself, not aware enough at the time that the elephant in the room that I'm ignoring was precisely the thing that should have been uppermost on my mind. It took a couple more months and one critical incident to finally make me heed that warning. Although when I did, it was through necessity, not choice.

The fog floated across the highway, a surprise, unwelcome visitor on what had begun as a clear winter's morning. We were heading back to the station after the first call of the day, a patient with the body of the ninety year old she was, but a mind still that of a teenager. She spent the entire journey to hospital warning us never to get old, because "Your legs will want to dance, but you brain will tell them they can't even stand." We were still discussing her presence of mind and praying for the same level of sanity at that age, when our thoughts were shattered by a call from the control room.

"Find the first place you can to...

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Ambulance: Jeremy Hunt tweets photo with in-patient names clearly visible

Written by RSS Poster Garth Marenghi
  Jeremy Hunt is not having a great day and my heart bleeds.  Having attacked and denigrated NHS staff as he continues his campaign of destroying the NHS as a publicly delivered service, poor Jeremy made the error of tweeting a photo of himself posing within a hospital ward with hospital staff. Unfortunately for Jeremy he tweeted this photo and contained within was a board listing all the

Ambulance: What a Difference A Day Makes

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What a Difference a day makes.

On the anniversary of the 7/7 bombings,

In the Commons, MPs paid tribute to the actions of NHS workers and members of the emergency services in the wake of the bombings.
Speaking during health questions in the chamber, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham described the actions of NHS staff on the day as “heroic”.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt praised the “extraordinary bravery” of the emergency services.

And then one day later

Public sector workers, including civil servants, teachers, nurses, police officers and members of the armed forces, face another four-year pay freeze as a result of today’s budget.

Ambulance: Thoughts on 10 years later

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There is a reason why I tend to keep off the internet when the 7/7 bombings anniversary rolls around, it’s not because of any traumatic memories (I did nothing more than turn up to cover my colleagues who dealt with it all, while I had one ‘Maternataxi’ job).

My thoughts on the days around it can be found here

What makes me angry is that on the anniversary there is a big hoo-ha about how ‘London stood as one’, with no hate but just a determination to keep on living and muddling along as we did before the bombing.

And it’s true – we did.

But then the media realised that they would sell more papers, get more eyeballs, and have a bigger influence by villifying muslims. By causing hatred and fear. And now we end up with groups like the EDL and ‘Britain First’. Two organisations that came into being based on the lies that the media has spun.

So something that should have unified us has, instead, just divided us. And it seems it’s going to continue that way – all for the benefit of media mogals and shareholders.

Ambulance: GMC consultations - please respond!

Written by RSS Poster Garth Marenghi
Here is my response to the GMC consultations on 'credentialing' and 'generic professional capabilites':   "Dear GMC As regards the two consultations: Firstly as regards credentialing, the whole premise behind your goals is flawed.  There is no proven benefit to introducing credentialing.  It simply cannot be assumed that introducing credentialing will enhance regulation and protect

Ambulance: GMC spend on media relations

Written by RSS Poster Garth Marenghi
"The GMC Media Team   The Media Team work with colleagues across the organisation to promote the work of the GMC; and they have direct relationships with a variety of journalists, from both national organisations and specialist publications.   There are 4 different roles within this team and the staff resources have been allocated as follows:   ·         Head of Media Relations (London

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