Miscarriages happen all the time . . .

“I don’t understand why they get so upset.  It happens all the time.  Every day.  Nothing’s changed . . . it’s just part of life.  They need to get over it more”

These were the words I once heard a triage nurse stating when we brought in a woman having a suspected miscarriage.  I guess statistically speaking they’re right – it does happen all the time.  But, to the individual it’s happening to, you couldn’t say anything more dumb. Continue reading

From Death to Birth

Attending ‘proper’ jobs in the Ambulance Service is a little like waiting for a bus.  You can do hundreds of silly nonsensical jobs and then, all of a sudden, a few serious ones all come at once.

Having a student with you means ideally you want them to witness, and get involved with, as many different types of patient complaints as possible – especially serious ‘time critical’ patients.  But this can be seen as being somewhat sadistic . . .  Continue reading