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Apr. 8th, 2004

I worked a bad one yesterday.

I was the first EMT on the scene of a three vehicle accident. One of the cars contained four unbelted teenagers and a baby. The baby was strapped into a car seat but the seat was apparently not secured within the vehicle. While three of the patients were in pretty bad shape, the baby was the most upsetting for me. I functioned just fine in the chaotic scene, although I almost lost it while trying to console the baby. The poor kid had a massive egg on his forehead and was bleeding from the nose and mouth. He was clutching a Pooh bear which I tried to use to calm him down. He just wanted his mom, though, and mom was in no condition to take care of him. The kid's skull was fractured, as it turns out.

The scale of the accident made it a mass casualty incident as far as our department is concerned. We eventually had fire apparatus from two departments and ambulances from four departments (including the Dartmouth helicopter). It took quite some time to get enough ambulances on scene.

I personally assessed seven victims including two serious head injuries, two spinals, and a broken elbow. All of the seriously injured had large head lacerations with glass embedded in them.

I am proud to report that I functioned well and was complimented on my performance by several firefighters and ambulance squaddies.



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Apr. 8th, 2004 08:06 am (UTC)
you're just fucking awesome, you know that? I couldn't imagine doing this work. good for you.


how are you feeling today?
Apr. 8th, 2004 08:29 am (UTC)
Thank you, Rozebud.

I'm very sleepy today. Other than that, I'm okay.
Apr. 8th, 2004 08:17 am (UTC)
Cliché, I know... but applicable.
You rock! You're awesome! I could never do it! Thank you!

Is there anything else we can say or do for support and encouragement? Let us know; LiveJournal is cheaper than therapy.

PS: How people can continue not to use seatbelts is beyond me. My grandparents never used seatbelts; my grandfather always said it infringed upon his rights as an American to be told to wear them. They were in a serious car accident and both almost died. Although they did recover for the most part, my grandfather only wore his seatbelt after that because he had been fined from the accident for not wearing it, not because he might die if he didn't.
Apr. 8th, 2004 08:34 am (UTC)
Re: Cliché, I know... but applicable.
Thank you, DM. Reading my crap and offering encouragment is good. As you say, it is cheaper than therapy.

I rode to the hospital with one of the patients (the fractured elbow). He was trying to tell me and the other EMT that he wasn't wearing his seat belt because seat belts kill. This, of course, was between screams of agony every time we hit a bump.

I haven't been doing this long, but I've already noticed a strong correlation; wear a seatbelt, walk away. Don't wear your seatbelt, go to the hospital.
Apr. 8th, 2004 08:52 am (UTC)
Holy shit. ((((Hugs)))) and admiration -- congrats for almost losing it, which means you didn't lose it. Whew. Could not do what you do.

Oh, and I'm buckling up as we speak, and that's just my desk chair.
Apr. 9th, 2004 10:19 am (UTC)
I also know that body armor is crucial for pedestrians.
Apr. 9th, 2004 10:21 am (UTC)
ooh, got that right! Or at least a padded motorcycle jacket (when we got squished by the evil sidewalk-driving SUV, Dan got away with only some bad bruises while I in my poor flimsy vegetarian cloth coat got to spend the night in hospital...)
Apr. 8th, 2004 09:07 am (UTC)
That sounds really rough. I've heard tales of what its like to be first responder at an ugly scene back when my mom worked as a police trainer. Congrats on getting through it, and getting through it well.

Although I still recommend you have a few beers.
Apr. 9th, 2004 10:08 am (UTC)
Thanks for the props... I slammed two IPAs within about three minutes of getting back to the house.
Apr. 8th, 2004 11:51 am (UTC)
I wholeheartedly agree with Rozebud who said:

"you're just fucking awesome, you know that?"

Honestly, it makes me so happy and proud to be related to someone who is giving this type of concerned care to his community. It's an inspiration to me, it really is. I hope that I never am in a situation to need such help, but if I am I hope to God that it is someone like you that attends to me.
Apr. 9th, 2004 10:14 am (UTC)
Thanks, sis. *blush*
Apr. 8th, 2004 03:19 pm (UTC)
It's toughest when it's babies and teenagers, which is why I could never do work like that. Every day I drive by a spot where 4 teenagers and a 25 yr old died, and the roadside memorial just gets bigger and bigger as time goes by. Even though it's been 3 years, sometimes I still want to cry when I drive by.

Apr. 9th, 2004 10:13 am (UTC)
I actually wasn't affected by the teenagers, just the baby. I think it's probably because there were a lot of teenagers in my WFR and EMT classes and so I'm used to thinking about them as patients from the various practice scenarios.
Apr. 9th, 2004 07:59 am (UTC)
Ditto to all those who say YOU ROCK!!!
The only thing I can add is about an accident I saw returning from DC last spring where a man in a convertible was sobbing on his cell phone because the dog in his car was laying behind the vehicle, dead. Seems the doggie jumped or was otherwise thrown from the vehicle. Seatbelts of some sort for all passengers, please.
Apr. 9th, 2004 10:16 am (UTC)
Re: Ditto to all those who say YOU ROCK!!!
Another good reason to belt or box your pet is that an unrestrained injured animal in a vehicle after an accident can really complicate things for the other occupants.
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