Nighty, Nighty Nights…!!!



Just finished another set of nights! Usual jobs which was a mixed bag of minor medical ailments, UTIs (urinary tract infections) lots of chest infections, a house fire (more of in a later post) lots of alcohol induced injuries and a f*****g swollen knee!

I have patience…bags of it. But when you are tired and hungry and you get called on three 9s to a male in his mid twenties with a two day history of a swollen knee at daft o clock in the morning….

What was his reasoning behind calling us?……he could not sleep knowing that it would still be painful in the morning! He had twisted his knee whilst playing football two days ago. He had been to the local hospital for assessment, X rays etc after seeing his own GP. There was no fracture and it was diagnosed as ligament /soft tissue injury.

Advice was given by the hospital to RICE. Rest/Ice/Compression/Elevation and take paracetamols and anti-inflammatories over the week. Sound advice…..

After reassuring him and telling him to keep off his feet instead of going round the bars drinking which he had done tonight, we left him. We even mentioned that yes it was a good idea to take the pain killers and brufen which he had not been doing! Even though we had diplomatically said to him that it was an inappropriate call and that he should heed the advice of the hospital, he still could not see it!

Thick…stupid…ignorant…arrogant…he did not appear to be any of these. But in his mind, as in a lot of peoples today, he genuinely thought that his knee was a medical emergency and that the docs and nurses at A/E would be delighted to see him and treat him with love and shower him with affection….I think not matey!

Paperwork signed and cleared on scene ready for the next job……




11 Responses to Nighty, Nighty Nights…!!!

  1. Stonehead says:

    I think people are totally – and often honestly – confused about when to call 999.

    When people learn that I made my own way to hospital after being injured in a collision with a van, they’re amazed and horrified that I didn’t call an ambulance. When I point out that I had not suffered life-threatening, potentially life-threatening or serious mobility affecting injuries, they think I was trying to prove something.

    I wasn’t. I just realised I had a possible fracture to the collarbone without obvious complications, plus various strains, bruises and abrasions, so had no need for an ambulance. It was painful and uncomfortable, but not an emergency for a fit, healthy man in his early 40s.

    On the other hand, one lady who was shocked that I didn’t call an ambulance later told me that when her daughter’s neighbour blew himself up trying to light a bonfire with petrol (doh!), they took him to hospital themselves. He was wearing a nylon shellsuit that melted into his skin, was in hospital for two months and is still having skin grafts.

    Now to me, the burns victim was an obvious 999 call. When I asked the lady why they didn’t call an ambulance, she looked confused and said it didn’t seem that bad or urgent. (Second doh!)

    I think it shows the need for more public awareness of first aid, of what the ambulance service is there for and what it is not there for, and of the need for honesty if you do call 999 so resources can be more appropriately deployed.

    Oh, and timewasters should be charged an increasing proportion of the call-out cost. First time, 10%; second time, 25%; and doubling thereafter.

  2. ‘Thick…stupid…ignorant…arrogant…he did not appear to be any of these’

    I would settle of spoilt and indulged brat who has ‘grown up’ (well got physical bigger) into a spoilt indulged adult, that thinks everyone is at his beck and call….. was there a worn out pair of parents lurking anxiously in the wings by any chance?
    He made have made a three 9’s call, but should he have got what he asked for?

    Can any WordPress blogger tell me how to fix my ‘flicker widget’ please!
    I updated my photos tonight, and now I can only get other folks photos in my side bar, not my own agggggghhhhhh! I’ve broken it and I don’t know how!!! best call 999

    Sorry, KM, hogging your space!!

  3. traineeparamedic says:

    We have recently been to a doctor’s urgent transfer to hospital in the middle of the day who said he should have gone into hospital the day before. The ambulance was booked at 8pm and duly turned up at 9pm, but when the crew arrived, they were told that he didn’t want to go in that time as it was to late. This was incredibly annoying and these sort of situation’s like your’s should be billed 100%. People seem to lose sight of the word ‘Emergency’ on the side of the vehicle!

  4. Jo says:

    Education would have to be done from a very young age, and would have to counteract the “I pay my taxes, therefore I’m entitled…” influence. But it would be good to see it appearing on the curriculum – I’ve never had to call an ambulance, and hope that I never will, but, even after being in the Red Cross for a number of years, I’m still a bit confused about what actually happens (we were always taught to ask “How long will the ambulance be?”, and it was only a few years ago when I met my first ambulance driver that I was told that the answer would be “20 ft…”) when you dial 999 (I know that when you call the police about a genuine emergency (local gang of kids climbing onto our flat roof, and abusing us and our elderly neighbour. We thought that they might be armed), they call you back three hours later to ask if it is still an emergency, and say that they will send a PCOS round the next afternoon…)

    The issue with charging is, as has been pointed out on a number of blogs, is that it will only deter those who should be calling an ambulance anyway but “don’t want to make a fuss”

  5. Emma says:

    I agree with Jo on the charging thing, it would be great if it happened but in all fairness I think we all know the main culprits would somehow be exempt through lack of funds/benefits, so it would deter the genuine callers.

    I do think kids should be taught from a young age though how to deal with 999 calls..x

  6. mousie says:

    My weekend at work was full of exactly this type of fuckwit.
    Good job KM, thanks!

  7. Emma says:

    Pop over to mine I have something for you..xx

  8. Bendygirl says:

    Unbelievable! People like that guy just astonish me, but I do think it’s something to do with all the media hype about going to your doctor for every tiny cut and scratch pushed on many tv programmes/papers/magazines etc. People somehow think they are entitled, and the majority still think they’ll be seen quicker if they go via ambulance.
    I’m one of the ones who doesn’t call 999 (and if charging was introduced at A&E, GP etc would really suffer) last time I had a really bad accident I didn’t call an ambulance even though I was having breathing problems, like I said in the post I wrote about it I just couldn’t see the point when there were 2 other people with me, it was quicker to drive, and it wouldn’t be reasonable to expect paramedics to know about Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.
    Lots of people were shocked that I’d been driven in by friends, but as I usually drive myself in with any dislocations I can’t reduce, I just couldn’t see what the fuss was! Bendy Girl

  9. Kingmagic says:

    Bendygirl…all I would say after your accident is that you truely deserved an ambulance. We may not know everything about everything but we do know about breathing diffs due to illness and/or trauma.

    Out of interest what did they do in A/E?

  10. Stonehead says:

    Bendygirl’s accident, pt 2 at A&E –

    I have a bendy friend, so I know a little about what Bendygirl describes and people’s reactions to the condition.

  11. bendygirl says:

    Thank you KM, and thanks for the blogroll. I think there is something about constant trauma that alters your perceptions and makes it too normal, it’s like I’d be embarrassed to call you guys out for what for me is commonplace (although that accident I wrote about was unusually severe) so I, and all my friends tend to forget that for most people dislocating multiple joints, falling badly, etc aren’t ‘normal’.

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