Friday, 30 November 2007

Old habits and boxing glove hands

Tonight we went straight into a whole load of scenarios based upon various 'illnesses'. Like seasoned pros we went straight into them, feet first, and began to try diagnosing what was wrong from the symptoms. Not surprisingly we faltered and stumbled and tripped every step of the way. Paul coined a phrase; we were struggling with 'boxing glove hands'.To begin, Skid was ill, he makes a good patient 'cause he has a natural tendency to look poorly!I got to pretend to be a 'bent diver' (that is, a diver with the bends). I was only allowed to breath once every 13 seconds.Then John acted out a Diabetic who was Hypo. And very convincing he was too (think drunk and randomly aggressive), a bit of type casting perhaps?

After a few more faltering scenarios we stopped and examined what was going right and what was going wrong. And the verdict? Well, we hadn't killed anyone but we were not doing what we had been taught. We were forgetting the assessment and trying to diagnose rather than treating the symptoms. So we had a sharp reminder to stick with the assessment no matter what. Guess what? It all started to work again. Great!Nick and I then got the pleasure of Matt after a stroke. We stuck to our assessment and it worked. We treated the symptoms and ultimately figured out what was the matter with him. Very satisfying.

4 comments:

Douglas Wilcox said...

Excellent stuff John but I just get very worried whenever I see people wearing blue gloves!!!

:o)

lifeboatjohn said...

Quite, it's not a good sign. Neither is someone approaching you with that 'sucky' thing!

Boxing Glove said...

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Be the one said...

After a few more faltering scenarios we stopped and examined what was going right and what was going wrong. And the verdict? Well, we hadn't killed anyone but we were not doing what we had been taught. We were forgetting the assessment and trying to diagnose rather than treating the symptoms.

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