Request to Bystanders
A quick request to any bystanders who call 999, 911, or 112 or whatever while they’re out and about:
If you are not with the patient, please tell the call-taker precisely where the patient is.
When I’m off hunting for someone who is having difficulty breathing (more on this patient in another post) on a boat, telling them that the patient is by the bar you happen to be in doesn’t help. Not when there’s a tall fence and a stretch of water between them and me, and I have to double back to get down to them.
It doesn’t sound like much, and fortunately in this case it wasn’t a drastic problem, but getting to a patient half a minute sooner can make all the difference.
Oh, and it would have prevented two teams being dispatched to the same incident, each having a different bar as the patient’s location…
This has been a public service announcement from the Walking Plaster Dispenser.