How would it be like an unconscious motor-vehicular accident patient? Of course, you will not be able to know because you are unconscious on the first place! But if you act like one on a disaster drill, you’ll know how it is to be one. You’ll hear how the paramedics talk about your case. You’ll feel their lifts, the manual assessments.
This was my role in one of our disaster drills in the field hospital in Yas Island. I volunteered to be an unconscious patient being brought by stretcher to the field hospital. Btw, It seemed this was the easiest role because others who volunteered had to really act like they were in pain, or confused. For me, I did not have to do anything – just lie flat on the bed.
This practice was to test the ER staff’s readiness in receiving such cases.
Check these pics out taken by one of the doctors.
It was a unique experience for me. Now I know how the ED staff would respond to a case like this, in a patient point-of-view. My eyes were closed but I was hearing and feeling everything.
It was a morbid feeling though, to pretend that you were almost dying. Knock on wood… that this situation never happens to me in the future. Gee Lord, my family needs me.
Kudos to the Emergency Department staff around the world. You are all life-savers and that make you super heroes of the modern times.