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.

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About The WalkingPlasterDispenser

So who is the Walking Plaster Dispenser? Well, I'm a volunteer First Aider, working with a well-known First Aid charity to help out random people I've never met before (or, more usually, when) they hurt themselves. This typically involves walking briskly (never run...) around after people who are silly enough to do sports or some other suitably daft activity in their free time. In my spare time, I am a graduate engineer, working my way through a graduate scheme with a big engineering company.

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