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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Possible OD

The call came in about noon for a familiar address. This time we were dispatched for a possible overdose. I remember the address because it was a memorable call the last time we were there. This time we arrived to find the son at the front door. He told us that he thought his mom had chased down about 100 tablets of aspirin with acetaminophen with alcohol. Sure enough, when we found her she wreaked of alcohol. She showed no signs of having taken the pills and denied it. She did admit to the drinking. She was able to answer all the questions appropriately which means she doesn't have to go to the hospital if she doesn't want to go. Just as I was taking her blood pressure MBA and the SO arrived on scene. I missed her blood pressure the first time and then got it on the second try. I had to have Ryan, the MBA EMT, take it just to make sure I didn't mess up. It was 58/32. At this point we informed her that we were going to take her to the hospital. Thankfully she decided to cooperate. If she hadn't, the sheriffs deputy could have made her go with MBA. The MBA medics (a new guy and his FTO) were having a hard time getting an IV. They even tried two jugular sticks and nothing. Found out later they got two IV's en route. One in the wrist and the other in the ankle. I think it's only a matter of time until we go back there.
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