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Blood, Sweat and Tea

Enjoy the book!
The Friday Project
Creative Commons Edition
Tom Reynolds
Published by The Friday Project
Too Young
Yesterday started well, we had the only new 'yellow' vehicle on the complex, and it really is an improvement
on the old motors. But then we got a job that should have been routine, but unfortunately was not.
We were given a '34-year-old male, seizure' at a nearby football pitch in the middle of a park. Also leaving
from our station was the FRU (a fast car designed to get to a scene before the ambulance). As we had a new
motor, we were able to keep up with the FRU.
Arriving at the top of the street, we were met and directed by some of the patients football team-mates.
Unfortunately, the patient was 200yards into the park, and there was no way we were going to get the
ambulance onto the field - the council had built a little moat around the park to stop joyriders tearing up the
grass in their stolen cars.
The FRU paramedic had reached the patient first and I ran across the field to get to the patient as the
Paramedic looked worried, and this isn't someone who normally worries.
As I reached the patient, carrying the scoop which we would use to move the patient the paramedic asked me
if I thought the patient was breathing.
The patient was Nigerian, and it is not racist to say that sometimes detecting signs of life on a black person is
harder than if the patient is Caucasian. White people tend to look dead; black people often just look
unconscious. Also, a windy playing field in dusk is not the ideal circumstance to assess a patient.
'He's not breathing' I told the paramedic, just as my crewmate reached us. 'Shit' replied the paramedic, 'I left
the FR2'* in my car'.
I had to run 200yards back to our ambulance to get this, now vital, piece of kit.
*An FR2 is a defibrillation machine, which is used to shock a heart back into a normal rhythm, in the UK
emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are allowed to use this piece of equipment, and rapid defib' shocks are
essential in certain forms of cardiac arrest.