A few shifts ago I was a part of a team working a code. It was a pretty long transport time for us, and as we were frantically attempting to find a piece of equipment (albeit a non-vital piece of equipment) in the back of the truck, someone made a joke that to the rest of us was absolutely hysterical.
As in it resulted in a fantastic break in tension. Good for the crew, right?
Unfortunately, the patient’s son was riding up front, and in the chaos of attempting to resuscitate this arresting patient, his father, we didn’t realize he was up there.
Yeah, he heard everything.
We meant no harm. Quite the opposite… I’m sure the patient’s son didn’t see it that way. Even if his Father is alive today.
My friend @MedicSBK (on Twitter), author of the blog EMS in the New Decade wrote a great post on this subject, and I really hope you’ll give him a visit (if you haven’t already) and read his post Full Disclosure.