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June week case: Day 1″Should I stay or should I go…” (Term 8 Week 4 w/c Jun 9, 2014)

June 9, 2014

Okay, first let’s set the scene.

For the purpose of this case you are working in a small intercity hospital. It is a Saturday, there are very few doctors in the hospital – most specialists are at home.

It’s been a slow day in anaesthetics. You are bored enough to be hanging out in the Emergency Department.

While you are there, a member of the public storms through the doors and states that there has just been a car accident literally on the corner street of the hospital. There  are two cars involved. The one car has T-boned (side impact) the other at high speed as it was turning.

You have no prior pre-hospital experience. Itt will take the emergency services at least 10 minutes to arrive on scene. It will take you 1 minute to run there.

 

Today’s questions:

What are you going to do? There are essentially two options: Either you go to scene or not.

So…

  • Will you go to the scene? Do you have to (legally/ethically/morally/safety)?
  • If so, what would you take? 
  • When you are there, what do you think can you do in the initial 5-10 minutes before the ambulance service arrives?
  • What can you do if you decide NOT to go to scene?

 

Looking forward to hearing your ideas.

More on the case tomorrow.

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