Mondays post in English
the phone rings
«this is an emergency request by Haukeland University hospital….»
«…..It has been registered that you are able to meet within 30 minutes…..»
Calling a colleague – a gas leak at the shopping-mall he says….
I jump into the car, while wondering what has happened ….
Is it a terror act?
its sad, but this is often the first thing you think these days…
Arriving at the hospital alle the roads are guarded by police or security guards
They let me through to the parking lot
I run in and report for duty
dress up in scrubs
sit at the designated place for the nurse anesthetists
minutes after the intern phone rings
the list of who can meet and when – obviously has reach the organisator, they ask for us by name.
They want us into the emergency rooms
There, a secretary meets us, gives us vests with our work tiltes
We form teams and wait for the patients to arrive
wonder what will meet us?
Are they very ill?
is it life threatening?
and then they arrive….
wet and cold
have been undressed at the scene
through the decontamination tent and a cold shower
met by staff in protective suits
Outside the hospital in the cold October night
not a great experience… but necessary
all precaution had to be taken
we didnt now what gas we were dealing with…..
I was part of team 2 – we were; a nurse, a nurse anesthetist, a anestesiolog, a medical doctor and a bioengineer
we took our patient to assign place
covered them with warm blankets
tried to calm and reassure them…
They were in relative good shape
An itchy and burning feeling in their throat and eyes..
some were coughing and had a headache
we applied an intravenous line and drew som blood samples
asked them what they had experienced..
Tried to find out what had happened and how it effected our patient
It was all done pretty quickly and then the patient was sent for observation in a near by ward
There was many of us there
we were ready to meet the next patient
in 13 minutes we handled 12 patients
All in all we treated 19
No one was seriously sick or hurt
I am sure they were a bit shocked, but at the same time they were very appreciative that this was taken so seriously
They were grateful
and felt very well taken care of
«This is a very good exercise for you to» many of them stated.
And thats true!!
We have had many exercises this summer
to get ready for the world championship bicycle raise
But of course this was much more realistic
Many things could have been better
of course we had a debrief after – to talk about what we had to change or do better
But still I am impressed
Impressed of my colleagues
our healthcare system
Well done hospital!!
We dont know what this was – but there are speculations about teargas or something similar
If somebody did this for fun – I hope its kids who doesn’t know better …who doesnt realize what they put other people trough
In these times of terror
If its adults who did this……..well thats just sad…
I WISH YOU ALL A WONDERFUL WEEK
❤ ❤ ❤