Check up

We were dispatched to a private residence, 20 year old female hemorraging, code 1 (no lights, no sirens).

We arrive and find Ms. Needshelp on crutches answers the door. She has numerous stitches on her left leg. She hands me the phone and says she does not speak English. Mr. Noclue starts telling me a long story. Ms. Needshelp had a broken leg (tib/fib) and had a metal thing on the outside (external fixator). The bone was sticking out of the skin (open fracture). She has stiches placed and the metal thing removed a few days ago. One small (pea size) wound (where the fixator was attached to the tibia) was oozing slightly. Ms. Needshelp squeezed the hole to prove that it was bleeding. Mr. Noclue wanted me to tell him when the stiches need to be removed.

I explained to him that Trauma Hospital should have sent paperwork home with Ms. Needshelp that explains how long the stiches need to remain. I offered her a ride back to Trauma Hospital to see a doctor & suggested that they follow up with a doctor for removal of the stitches. The oozing wound will be fine as long as Ms. Needshelp stops squeezing it to prove that it can bleed when pressure is applied. I handed the phone back to Ms. Needshelp and my words were translated via Mr. Noclue. The patient denied the offer for transport.

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About Joel

I am a paramedic, firefighter and I work for an organ procurement organization. All stories related to work have been altered to HIPPA standards and for the protection of those involved. The personal stories are different. Photography, flying, aviation, hiking, camping, travel, geocaching, amateur radio are a few of my hobbies.
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