• Question: what was the worst accident you have treated

    Asked by kornelijusl on 23 Mar 2022.
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      Samantha Garside answered on 23 Mar 2022:

      Nothing really patient related but I have had to do first aid on several occasion at work and also at home. We have first aid training as part of our inductions and ongoing annual training in a workplace. It is very useful for both home and work life.

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      Laurence Quirk answered on 23 Mar 2022:

      I’m not a clinical so can’t answer this question. But I am a first aider so might be called on to help someone

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      Sarah Chalmers-Page answered on 29 Mar 2022:

      Health Professionals have a range of specialities – relatively few directly treat accidents on a regular basis (specialists there would be paramedics, trauma surgeons, the teams working in A&E, and people like that). As a manager, I would be very little use in an accident – my skills might extend to phoning an ambulance and keeping the scene calm. Which I have done, once, when there was a young lady collapsed in my doorway when I lived in a city centre, and someone more medically competent than me was checking she was OK whilst I kept the people who were filming her and laughing well out of the way.

      Despite that, health professionals from non-accident related specalities do often provide some medical help until more specialist teams arrive, even if they are not at work. So my husband is an infectious disease specialist doctor, and wouldn’t normally treat accidents. But in the time we have been together he has come across accidents a few times and my husband has helped patients with things like keeping them able to breath until the ambulance paramedics – who are far better at trauma than him – arrive. And during the Manchester riots in 2010 he saw that someone had collapsed in the street and had to cross through the police lines and the rioters to get to the person and help them until the ambulance could push through the crowds. It wasn’t gory – I think the man had had a heart attack- but it was frightening. Both from the point of view of pushing through rioting crowds and police horses, and from the point of view of fear of getting it wrong. A hospital based doctor is used to having equipment and monitors to help them make decisions, none of which are found in alleys behind Tescos. It was a massive relief – especially for the patient – when someone more expert in trauma arrived.

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      Heather S answered on 29 Mar 2022:

      gosh, that is a question!! I think most people think that the ambulance service is all about treating major traumas – like road collisions or train accidents etc. but the reality is really that is very rare (luckily) a lot of our jobs can be mental health, with people in different stages of crisis, or we see a lot of elderly people who have fallen, and that can be really serious when people get older.
      I’ve also only been doing the job 18 months, so not seen as much trauma as some of my colleagues and some have had quite a difficult time with it. so a good coping mechanism, such as a good support network of people that you feel able to talk to is really important