Ambulance Attachment

I was attached to Sengkang Fire Station for an ambulance attachment for Tuesday and Wednesday. Fortunately we get to stay out.

There wasn’t much of a briefing or welcome when I arrived at the station. The moment they changed shifts I jumped into the action. Monday, 0800h, was my first call. It was a case of chest pain. Relatively uncomplicated. Then more and more cases started to flow in as the day passed. On Monday I had two cases of chest pain, one case of routine transport from the old folks’ home, one case of fall from height, and one road traffic accident. The accident case was the closest I have ever seen. Plenty of broken glass and metal everywhere. Apparently this car full of polytechnic kids hit a tree and flipped over a few times. Amazingly the driver and two backseat passengers only had light injuries. The front passenger however had lots of bleeding.

The night shift one was quite exciting. I had two unconscious cases, one case of fractures, one case of chest pain, and last one: one case of 6-months pregnant lady with multiple seizures. My God! We really had difficulty with this case. Luckily I didn’t get kicked in the face! But there was one cock-up for that case: I left the jumpkit at the patient’s house. Oh crap! But never mind, we went back to get it after the case.

The paramedic’s life is tough. Your meals come at odd hours. And the bloody hospital food is so expensive. I didn’t really do much during these two days (or sleep much), but I did see a lot of cases. Some of my friends complained of not having any cases. This experience was really eye-opening. I even managed to put some of my skills into use. But as forewarned, they were quite unorthodox in their methods. I hope I don’t apply any bad habits for next week’s test.

Tomorrow we go to Changi General Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department. I hope it will turn out okay.

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