Homepage / EMS / Peek a boo I see you
Happy 2018, Y’all! CHP Officer Andrew Camilleri’s Family on the first day back at school Patient – Defined. Wrong, but defined. Merry Christmas from #TCS! Three Discipline Sponsors – Kosher or Corruption? Has Video Killed the Radio Star?! Dispatch centers tracking the wrong things? Does your confidence exceed your abilities around the homestead? This post is about fentanyl so you shouldn’t read it, you’ll OD Off-duty: Intervene or Be a Witness? Mass Shootings in a Small Town: What are Your Resources? #TapTapTime: The Latest Trending Topic Police Responsible for Ambulance Bills on College Campus? The Spooktacular Episode “I’m out of ideas” Advanced Airway Seminar HM on Medic 2 Medic Podcast Respond to the Rollover – Tales from the Interwebs Hazards we can most certainly remove Witty Banter with the Unaware – Volume 3324 the Crossover Ep 125 – Who Gives Two Sh*ts Why Giving Two Shits About a Patient is Not a Bad Thing the Crossover Episode 122 – Annual Kilted Show! Things keep getting worse for Cop who likes arresting Nurses My Beautiful Blue Eyes The Seizure Patient 500 – An EMS Race Crossover Podcast – Ep 116 – That’s Not Why we Have Cameras, Gary …for the head injury, PD on scene Crossover Podcast ep 113 – Middletown Ohio or Deathville USA? the Crossover Ep 112 – Are you a good hair boss or a bad hair boss? Stop Responding for Overdoses? Sign Me Up! Yup. Still Barfing I Heard You, She Heard You, the Baby Heard You Is there a Doctor on board? the Crossover Podcast – Ep 111 – Paramedic Perv Reporter Unclear of Aircraft EMS Operations The new rigs are here! the Crossover Show – Ep 110 – Do You Poop Where You Eat? What to do for an allergic reaction…or not The Last Shift of the Lost Cause The Crossover Show – ep 109 – Is that Cocaine or Anthrax? How to respond when your spouse tells you to be safe at work Always, In Service – EMS Week 2017 Lost Cause gets cocky FDIC 2017 – Structural Response to Aviation Incidents: Engine Company Operations I Got Lost Going to a Call – So I made sure everyone knew about it Crossover Podcast Ep 102 Mrs Happy Medic and Mike the Cop Arby’s Roast Beef Ad angers EMTs, not sure why Strippers and Cocaine watch – 2017 Seizures! Seizures Everywhere! Nothing is certain except death and taxes. I can help you with both What to do when the powers that be – just can’t. Episode 99 the Crossover Ep 98 – Off Duty and Fancy Free NO is Never Easy to Hear Ohio Cop vs Ambulance Crew Member on Video – Crossover Show Investigates! An MCI With Wings: Aviation Incidents EMS Today 2017 First in Ambulance MCI at EMS Today 2017 Crossover Show Learns How to Take a Joke To Haul or Not to Haul – Should the Complexity of a Refusal Influence Transport? Crossover Show – Ep 91 – ACLU cameras Tip of the Helmet – Bj’s Brewhouse the Crossover Show – Episode Eighty Eight Eminence Based Medicine If You Don’t Give Him Insulin He’s Going to Die Lost Cause Strikes Again the Crossover Podcast – Ep 85 – Florida Cry Baby “I Can’t Breathe!” you keep using those words… the Crossover Show – 84 – TN Bus Crash Happy 150th Anniversary San Francisco Fire Department! Thank You For Your Service? A Complete Secondary Assessment the Crossover Episode 81 – Let’s Talk Politics! Aircraft skids off runway, rescue task force ill equipped Crossover Show – Ep 79 – Do we need so much active shooter training? How to Ignore Everyone in the Room: Be an Intern Your Meme is Bad and You’re Not One of Us Anymore Goodbye tarps, I never loved you The Crossover Episode 76 – Flashback to the Beginning You found me how? Less CSI, More Columbo EMS Festival Standby – You can’t just park a car there the Crossover Show Ep 72 – Florida EMT photo game A&O vs able to make decisions Kilted to Kick Cancer Cops vs Firemen Writer calls for Medics to risk more in shootings, misses the target What’s with the French? the Crossover – Ep 69 – Twelve Ninety Désolé the Crossover Show – Ep 67 – Traffic Stops and Profiling Actually, Officer, No. It Really isn’t that hard to try When Patients Don’t Play by the Old Rules Letters in the File – Oklaloosa Selfies the Crossover Podcast – Ep 64 – Turning Passion into Retirement Why Pokemon GO is so much like EMS Us Against Us Apathy is worse than absence So Now I’m Back! Changes are a-comin’ The Sounds of Silence I know that feel, Bro

EMS, Medical Aid, Patient Care

Peek a boo I see you

blog engineOne of my 101 things your Fire Department wishes you knew widget is one about lying to me.  I do this all day long, I have seen it all and what you’re saying isn’t stirring the kool aid.

Oh how I love to have these kinds of conversations with my clients.

THE EMERGENCY

Just like you saw in Episode 1 of CoEMS, Chest pain at the pay phone.

THE ACTION

Although our company is most often in quarters when the bells ring, we were on our way home from shopping this particular morning and it was raining.

When the call came in we were amazed we were not only a block away, but could see the pay phone in question.  But alas, there is no one at the phone to receive my assessment.  But he saw us alright.

You see, the pay phone does not have shelter from the rain, but the gas station across the street does and he’s running as fast as his little legs can get him, almost getting hit by cars as he goes, and dives into the dirt and bushes near the edge of the gas station, amidst a number of recyclables.

We pull up and exit, wondering why he ran, but knowing why.

“Sir! Sir, did you call 911 just now?” I ask.

He remains still, curled up into the fetal position and holding his eyes shut tightly.

“We saw you run from the phone to here, we know you’re awake.”

Silence.

At least we’re not in the rain.  I suggest to the officer that we better have the police dog come by and make sure this man is alright, something I’ve always wanted to try, but the opportunity never presented itself.

Knowing how I think the Officer lifted the radio to his mouth, but didn’t key the mic.

“Yeah control, we need the K9 unit at this location,”

“NO DOGS!” He’s awake and shouting at us.

“Hi there, did you call 911 from that pay phone?” I ask noting he is in no distress I can see.

“I need my medications, they were st-I took them all.  All at once, I need a psych hold.” His mouth is racing faster than his mind and all the magic words come flying out in one quick blurb.

Great.

He refuses the free ride to a shelter we provide and also refuses to tell me where he is from, “Here” is how I know him to be lying, and he insists he took all his medicine at once in an attempt to hurt himself.  But this is when a good practitioner goes down that road, because you never really know.

“What did you take?”

“Morphine, a lot of morphine.”

“How much is a lot?” Comes the voice of the transport unit, now approaching from over his shoulder, listening to the conversation.

“1600 milligrams.”

I would be lying if I said we all kept a straight face.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t get that.  Could you repeat it please?”

“I took 23 60 milligram capsules, I could drop dead any minute.”

Gathering my composure, and watching the others do the same, I asked him when he took all these super morphine capsules and his answer will not surprise you.

“Yesterday.”

After 5 minutes of trying to convince him to get into a shelter, the transport unit decided there was no way to rule out the ingestion so away they went.

We gathered our things and went back in service just in time to catch a run for someone who needed ALS interventions right away.  And that’s no lie.

Related posts:

0 Comments

  1. SKC Observer March 30, 2010 9:02 pm

    Oh, I hope there was a nice big NG tube in his future. Or a hasty departure from the ED. One or the other.

    Deep breath now…

  2. SKC Observer March 30, 2010 5:02 pm

    Oh, I hope there was a nice big NG tube in his future. Or a hasty departure from the ED. One or the other.

    Deep breath now…

  3. The Gate Keeper March 31, 2010 1:28 pm

    No fair…you guys get all the fun calls. Great stuff!

  4. First Due Medic March 31, 2010 8:28 pm

    No fair…you guys get all the fun calls. Great stuff!

  5. The Gate Keeper March 31, 2010 4:28 pm

    No fair…you guys get all the fun calls. Great stuff!

  6. Pingback: Mass Casualty: Emergency radio traffic after 9 shot in the Nation’s Capital. Four dead in Tuesday night shootings. | Audio, Video & Alarms | Alternative Fuel Audio, Video & Alarms Automotive Parts Car Loans Car Restoration

  7. totwtytr March 31, 2010 6:12 pm

    Funny we had one not unlike that a while ago. Call from a pay phone (they still have those?) for severe shortness of breath. The location was a coffee shop that we're familiar with. Only there is no pay phone there. So, we went up the street a block to where there IS a pay phone. No patient though. We were just about to clear when he came RUNNING across the street waving to us. Seems his SOB was so severe that he had to go back to his apartment. To get another drink.

  8. Pingback: Automotive » Mass Casualty: Emergency radio traffic after 9 shot in the Nation’s Capital. Four dead in Tuesday night shootings.

  9. totwtytr April 1, 2010 1:12 am

    Funny we had one not unlike that a while ago. Call from a pay phone (they still have those?) for severe shortness of breath. The location was a coffee shop that we’re familiar with. Only there is no pay phone there. So, we went up the street a block to where there IS a pay phone. No patient though. We were just about to clear when he came RUNNING across the street waving to us. Seems his SOB was so severe that he had to go back to his apartment. To get another drink.

  10. totwtytr March 31, 2010 9:12 pm

    Funny we had one not unlike that a while ago. Call from a pay phone (they still have those?) for severe shortness of breath. The location was a coffee shop that we're familiar with. Only there is no pay phone there. So, we went up the street a block to where there IS a pay phone. No patient though. We were just about to clear when he came RUNNING across the street waving to us. Seems his SOB was so severe that he had to go back to his apartment. To get another drink.

  11. totwtytr April 1, 2010 1:12 am

    Funny we had one not unlike that a while ago. Call from a pay phone (they still have those?) for severe shortness of breath. The location was a coffee shop that we're familiar with. Only there is no pay phone there. So, we went up the street a block to where there IS a pay phone. No patient though. We were just about to clear when he came RUNNING across the street waving to us. Seems his SOB was so severe that he had to go back to his apartment. To get another drink.

  12. Pingback: Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-04-04 | Life Under the Lights

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*