Last week somebody died

Note: This post was written almost 20 hours ago. I just didn't have time to publish it right away.

So, although the title is slightly misleading, I couldn’t think of a better one. I’m writing this right in the middle of a paramedic shift and I need to put it down fast. The next mission could just be around the corner.

Anyway. A few hours back my colleague and I were called to a nearby care home for the elderly. “Pressure inside the chest, hard time breathing, female, age 92, signals approved” was the brief description we saw on our tablet. Into the car, blue light on and off we drove.

Luckily the patient was still concussions and besides the pressure feeling, there was only the breathlessness. The local caretakers were already applying oxygen through a mask so breathing wasn’t an issue anymore.

We did a quick check and started to load the patient onto our stretcher. Meanwhile one of the caretakers said the following (freely translated): “You know you must go to the hospital. I had just a similar case recently and we didn’t transport XY (Name of the other person) to the Hospital. Quickly after she/he died”.

Our patient now was looking at me with sheer fear of death inside her eyes and I wasn’t sure what just happened. Did the caretaker really say that? We managed to calm the patient down. I think the caretaker didn’t even realise what she just said.

Of course, that sounds like a funny story and it is afterwards, but I can’t even imagine how the patient must have felt in that situation. I didn’t confront the caretaker about her sentence as we had to move the patient to the hospital quickly. I wonder what her thoughts were.
That caretaker has quite the bedside manner. 🤣
2021-12-08 19:55:55
Could you really see the fear of death in her eyes?

i guess i just assumed that a 92 year old would be okay with dying. 
2021-12-09 00:09:18
It probably depends on how vital the person is and whether he or she is enfeebled or in pain and ready to check out.
2021-12-09 00:49:14
As far as I have noticed since I've been a paramedic there are two types of people when it comes to death and dying.
One set is ok with it and made peace with the fact that it is over. And then there is the second half that never wants to go. There are probably a few subtypes, but mainly I've seen those two. 
2021-12-09 07:34:29
So you're either their savior or the grim reaper.
2021-12-09 13:13:10
lmao wouldn't the paramedic always be the savior? Or at least the 
 to the savior-attempt?
2021-12-09 15:42:52
Let's just hope the courier to the right place shows up!
2021-12-09 17:35:22
Since we don't transport dead people (unless they are currently actively under CPR) I would qualify us as saviours all time. What happens after the transport into the hospital isn't my business anymore. :)
2021-12-11 07:30:49
I love that you are posting a smiley face with that statement : )
2021-12-11 15:40:58