Red Mist……

January 17, 2007

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Red Mist….Clouds the Judgement

We,ve all been to those jobs where someone kicks off, giving it loads with the verbals, arguing the toss, getting in our faces. And we,ve all, I hope, managed to check the “red mist”descending over our eyes before we say or do something that will probaly lose us our jobs.

Sometimes a firm voice or a witty retort to the loudmouth will be enough to calm the situation. I know that in the back of our minds we just want to punch their ******** lights out and stamp all over their necks!Dont we? But, professionals as we are, we take the abuse in the course of our duties and crack on. The yearning to “…hear the sickening, cracking, splintering of bone as Doc Martin/Magnum boot connects with the skull” must be put on the back burner while we sort the patient out.   

So long as these feelings are kept in check then everything is okay. But what about those times that we have had to subdue someone for our own, and the patients, safety. How far can we go? And someone somewhere must have put a sly dig into a loudmouth?

So long as we do the best for the patient and remain courteous and polite we should have no problems. It is a statement of our times that we are under camera surveillance most of the day/night. Estimates point to our been captured on CCTV/cameras on average 300 times a day!

Spare a thought for the Firefighter in Oregon, USA who did not check the red mist. They were called to a man complaining of a headache. He was in the foyer of an apartment block. One of the other residents took exception to the crew attending the patient and gobbed off time and again to the Firefighter Lieutenant who eventually lost it. I think personally the crew lost it and restrained the loudmouth unnecessarily but without causing any harm. What happened next was the turning point in the Lieutenants career. Click here.

The CCTV images are exceptional high quality, so be aware……check the red mist!


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