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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Ice Skating Rink

The call came out as a leg injury at the public ice skating rink. When we get there we find an 8 year old boy that was crushed beneath a 300 pound section of rod iron fence that was leaning up against the wall. Bystanders had already pull the section of fence off the kid. The boys upper leg was bent at a point where there are no joints. We place the screaming kid on a back board and then apply the traction splint to the broken femur. We get him into a position that he says is OK and transport. While on our was to the hospital my partner tries to get an IV. The kid screamed more about the needle than he did about his leg. My partner ended up not getting it and decided not to try again. As we wheeled him into the pediatric ER at Harbor UCLA a swarm of MD's come rushing in to see him. One of them told me it had been a slow day so everyone wanted to be in on the femur fracture case. I guess doctors need their excitement too.

Technical Rescue

The call comes out, "station 1, station 3, station 5, station 6, rescue. Battalion 91, truck 91, engine 93, rescue 93, air and lighting, USAR, respond to a man trapped beneath a load of cement."

That's one way to get a paramedic excited. A minute or two later we all learned that the man was not actually trapped. When we got there we found that the man had a several hundred pound slab of concrete that had fallen on his legs. Afraid that more might be coming down on him he crawled under his delivery truck. That is right where we found him. We had to climb under the truck in order to splint his leg and place him in c-spine precautions. I started a line on him and we gave him some morphine. He still complained that it hurt but what can you expect. I love trauma calls.
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