Todays post in English
I remember working in a regular hospital ward many years ago
Many of our patients stayed for a longer period of time
We got to know them
They got to know us
Some were soooo grateful
and we got a lot of feedbacks;
…that we did a good job
……that we made a difference to them
……that we were appreciated
Either in form of words
and many times in form of chocolate
That is very rare were I work now….
We deal with acute and critical injured patiens
Life treating situations
afterwards the patient continues through the system
Without ever knowing us
without ever «meeting» us
Without ever knowing we were there….
Of course they know what has happened to them
And that someone saved their life
But not that it was us
Not that it was me…
It doesn’t really matter that much
When you deal with life threatening situations….
when you treat critically injured patients
You realize that your effort is of value
You know you make a difference
It is gratification enough!
It gives a pride and joy in our profession that is hard to describe…
10th of may 2017 a helicopter crashed into the sea at the harbor in Bergen
In the helicopter there were 3 men
David Tang, Charles Chan og Quentin Smith
They all got out of the helicopter that was upside down in the water,
Quentin and David by their own – Charles was saved out by Quentin..
They were all conscious when they broke the surface
But when David got up, he inhaled exhaust-gas and swallowed aviation fuel…
He quickly lost consciousness and went into cardiac arrest..
Several lucky factors contributed to the further chain of treatment ending as well as it did…
Redningsselskapet ( rescue company at sea) was near by due to another assignment
They startet CPR quickly
The air ambulanse were soon at the scene
and advanced life saving treatment were initiated
A very accomplished doctor secured the airways and quickly decided that all lifesaving efforts should be done…
This is an important, but difficult decision to make in each cases – but it has to be considered carefully because it must be both ethically and a certain chance of survival..
The intensive care that David received at the hospital was of top quality
Which resulted in Davids full recovery and discharge from the hospital only 16 days later
A SUCCSESS STORY
Yesterday we were so fortunate to hear Davids story, told by himself and the people that saved him
He started his lecture by saying; » My heart stopped 3 times – I am an ex-dead man!»
We are attending a trauma-congress in Førde, Norway and Davis wanted to come and show his gratitude by telling his story
I thanked him and expressed how wonderful it is for us to hear patiens stories and views…..it doesn’t happened to often..
They usually continues trough the system before they are conscious
It is how it should be…
But sometimes a confectionary is given to us as well
One like David
Who gratefully thanks for everything that has been done for him..
Who tells us how important this was for him and of course his family….
Who puts a face and a personality to all the patients we meet as a trauma team:
«Was I a part of the team that rescued him?» he asked
«No I wasn’t»
But I, as most of my colleagues has treated similar patients…
And when we hear success stories like this one, we are so proud on our colleagues behalf..
We are so proud of our profession
We are so proud of our job
The truth is that David was saved by several lucky circumstances – combined with very accomplished physicians and health care personell
Especially rapid start of CPR ( cardiac and pulmonary rescue)
As the attending doctor in ICU that night stated;
We have high quality intensive care at our hospital – but that doesn’t amount to much if those who are near by when the accident occurs doesn’t start CPR…
We have to start saving life at once!!
Lucky for David the Sea rescue company was near by when it happened
Without them he probably wouldn’t have reached the hospital alive…
The RS company is a voluntary company and they save many lifes at sea each year
Their motto is;
Nobody is going to drown
David didnt drown!!
Thanks to them…
To thank them, the 3 men from the helicopter has decided to donate 2,8 million Norwegian kroners to the RS
I am sure they will be well spent
More lives will be saved
LEARN CPR !!
IT SAVES LIVES!!
❤ ❤ ❤
PS; I was not involved in the treatment of David and has not shared any privileged information – all this can be read in the newspapers or heard in Davids interviews.
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