Sigh....i'm on the emergency response team here at work and i got paged to go upstairs because some guy fell and hit his head.
was one of the first people there and the guy was lying on the ground, diaphoretic with snoring respirations. i kinda had to take charge and make sure ems had been contacted, make sure his airway stayed clear, monitor his pulse and respirations, etc. we shoulda grabbed the O2 equip but it completely slipped my mind.
apparently he was talking and just keeled over, smashing his head in the process. i'm guessing stroke.
so...the ems shows up and i turn him over and get the guy's home number. i call his wife and check for medical history and relay the bad news. she's understandably upset and sounded like she was fighting the urge to completely freak out. i felt so bad not knowing what to tell her.
thankfully someone that knows her called her back and arranged to pick her up and take her to the hospital.
he sorta convulsed some and threw up. the ems had to do suction i'm glad they were there to do that. clearing his airway w/o the proper equipment would have sucked.
i'm pretty shaken up. i'm in the ski patrol so i deal with injured people all of the time. i deal with broken limbs, lacerated flesh, bleeding this or that all of the time. but i hate trying to help people that have serious internal problems that i can't do a single thing to alleviate. he's a really nice guy and i hope he doesn't die.