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Posted: 2/14/2006 11:04:13 AM EDT
Ever held someones life in your hands?

Lets hear about your experiences.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:06:21 AM EDT
probably not

but i've worked lots of accidents.............put lots of people on halo/in ambulances...............held femurs together, that kind of shit
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:06:56 AM EDT
Yea I saved a few.

Bomber
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:07:39 AM EDT
EMT for 3 years. 911 operator for 5 years.

saved a few, lost a few.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:07:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/14/2006 11:16:05 AM EDT by R-32]
yup,

Im a 9-1-1 fire dispatcher, and a Vol FF/EMT..Former member of 2 county Search and Rescue teams, and former Military Medic.

I have been in EMS in one way or another since I was 16 years old....So over 12 years as an EMT. 10 years with SAR, and Going on 11 with the Fire Dept, and have been dispatching for 6 years now.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:08:19 AM EDT
Saved a few by not putting a bullet in them.

I have watched a few die. Never actually "saved" someone though, I think.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:08:51 AM EDT
Rescued a friend from drowning, right after I warned him not to swim out to the break where I almost drowned the day before. Pretty terrifying.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:14:12 AM EDT
yup.

lotta folks that save lives don't speak a whole lot about it for some reason. maybe it's the solemnity of the event.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:15:15 AM EDT
Pulled a girl from the botom of a pool, did the Heimlich maneuver on a lady one time while others stood around watching her choke.
Professionally, in the hospital, I've made many calls over the years that resulted in an elevated level of care to those who could have easily continued on their path to the great beyond.
I have made a difference in the quality of many deaths, and that is probably more important, and surely much more of an individual act.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:17:34 AM EDT

Originally Posted By quijanos:
Ever held someones life in your hands?

Lets hear about your experiences.




Now tell'em why you were late to Josh's bachelor party.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:19:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By HELOBRAVO:
did the Heimlich maneuver on a lady one time while others stood around watching her choke.



That kind of shit puzzles the crap out of me. What are people thinking?

I had some lady collapse and hit her head on the table at one job I had. All the employees in my group were just looking at here? WTF, MORONS? I checked on her and got help.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:19:18 AM EDT
I once saved a man from drowning.



I took my foot off his head
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:22:22 AM EDT
Stopped a guy from stepping in front of a fast-moving bus one time. He most certainly would have been squashed if I hadn't grabbed him. Just a reflex. Nothing heroic.

He turned out to be kind of a shithead, so if I had it to do over I'd act like everybody else who was standing there and just freeze in place looking like this:

Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:22:36 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/14/2006 11:24:32 AM EDT by txgp17]
I've postponed death for lots of people.
One of my best friend's dad had a heart attack one night. Me, my brother, and mom did CPR on him and drove him to the hospital in the volunteer Rescue Squad's Ambulance. We got him back, he had a heart transplant, and died about 12 years later. Those were 12 years on borrowed time.

Other things that I can't even recall. Been doing this Fire & EMS thing for 16 years now.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:24:01 AM EDT
Tried to save a buddy's wife who was hit by a car. Did CPR on her with the guy that hit her for about 5 minutes before paramedics arrived.

She was too far gone. I don't know how to explain it, but looking her eyes I knew that my efforts would be fruitless.

Other than that failed effort, no.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:25:39 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/14/2006 11:26:52 AM EDT by HELOBRAVO]


I had some lady collapse and hit her head on the table at one job I had. All the employees in my group were just looking at here? WTF, MORONS? I checked on her and got help.



Reminds me of the time a lady in IHOP was having a stroke...table next to me and wife (RNs).
I could tell by what the husband was saying that she was having a CVA. The manager called 911 quickly. Me and my wife stayed out of it, nothing we could do, she was breathing and alert.
(We were there for pancakes)
I had to speak up when the employees wanted to give her water and lay her down with her feet elevated (so wrong in more ways that the lay person could think of).
That was a big WTF...rule number one...do no harm.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:25:51 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:27:06 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:27:33 AM EDT

Originally Posted By markm:

Originally Posted By HELOBRAVO:
did the Heimlich maneuver on a lady one time while others stood around watching her choke.



That kind of shit puzzles the crap out of me. What are people thinking?

I had some lady collapse and hit her head on the table at one job I had. All the employees in my group were just looking at here? WTF, MORONS? I checked on her and got help.



Psychologists call it Diffusion of Responsibility, I think. People are much more likely to act when they're alone than when they're in a group with others.

I read about one experiment where they'd take a subject or subjects and put them in a room for a written psych test they've volunteered to take. Then they leave them alone for a few minutes to fill out some forms. Then they yell "Agh!" or "Help!" or something and see what happens.

Someone in the room alone almost always went to the door to see what was wrong. The more people they had waiting, the less likely anyone was to move or do anything. Weird but true.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:27:39 AM EDT
This girl with really long red hair in shop class. Used to stare longingly at her from across the room. One day wile watching her run the lathe, her hair got caught up in the spinning chuck. I actually noticed before she did.
Moved faster than light to the cutoff and stopped it just as her face was about to get mauled. Then the teacher wanted to chop her hair to get her out. She protested as she really liked her long hair(so did I). So I spent the better part of an hour unthreading her hair from the lathe. A little greasy and kinked in places but otherwise ok. Don't know if I really saved her life but the important part was she thought so.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:28:16 AM EDT
I did chest compression on a woman who was having a massive MI. But then the parametics actually saved her life with a defibulator. Hey, at least I did something.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:28:39 AM EDT
I've pulled a few kids out of the water, but so far, I've got to them before they were in too much trouble.

I haven't had to do CPR yet.

Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:29:34 AM EDT

Doubtful.

I intervened in a domestic situation occuring on the street outside my home once, in the middle of the night. Guy was choking the shit out of his old lady, she started screaming and flailing at him. I stepped outside with a weapon and shouted at him. He saw me, released the woman, and started walking away. I asked if the woman wanted me to call the police, she said no. A moment later, a car pulled up and the guy got in, then the car pulled forward to the woman, and she got in the backseat right next to the guy. They all drove off.

So, undoubtably she was getting the treatment again within 24 hours or so. No longer my problem. That's the last time I take a chance helping someone in a relationship-related problem. Not worth the risk.

Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:29:39 AM EDT
Must have been around 12 or 13 at the time.
My cousin and I were trying to cross a very busy street in Chicago.
We were standing on a tiny chunk of concrete that was supposed to be a median.
He says "let's go" and starts to take off.
I see a car heading right for us and he is not going to make it.
I grabbed him by the shoulder and yanked him back so hard we fell down backwards and almost into the traffic coming from the other direction.
Ya know, the usual stupid kid stuff.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:31:06 AM EDT
Told a friend of mine not to wear a blue suit and brown shoes to his job interview.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:32:07 AM EDT
I've saved a life before. I've also had some die in my arms.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:32:41 AM EDT
Saved a few people from drowning, and one from choking.

Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:32:45 AM EDT

Originally Posted By clutchsmoke:
This girl with really long red hair in shop class. Used to stare longingly at her from across the room. One day wile watching her run the lathe, her hair got caught up in the spinning chuck. I actually noticed before she did.
Moved faster than light to the cutoff and stopped it just as her face was about to get mauled. Then the teacher wanted to chop her hair to get her out. She protested as she really liked her long hair(so did I). So I spent the better part of an hour unthreading her hair from the lathe. A little greasy and kinked in places but otherwise ok. Don't know if I really saved her life but the important part was she thought so.



How grateful was she after the fact?

Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:33:18 AM EDT
Gave a choking woman the Heimlich maneuver.

It was serious.

Poor woman died of cancer a few years later. They opened her up, took one look, and closed her again. No hope.

I wonder if I did her any favors.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:35:43 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/14/2006 11:36:04 AM EDT by Zippy_The_Wonderdog]
I once saved a man...just to watch him live....


HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA­AAAAAAAHHAAHHAHAHHAAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!­!!!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:38:31 AM EDT
As a teenager, while visiting Grandparents in Florida. I would get sentenced there for entire summer's. Hard to make freinds when most would visit for a week or two, then leave. The pool became my escape from boredom.
Retirement community pool in subdivision. Fenced with a community gate key, No life guard. Teens and younger were supposed to accompanied by a community resident, That got to be a pain on my grand parents. The regular pool group got to know me after a month and with only a few extra crabby Gummers would be bitching about me visiting the pool alone .

I was hanging out at the deep end of pool, a group of adults arrived talking back and forth, didn't notice grandchild they brought with ran into the pool unescorted (without so much as a splash)and sank to the bottom like a rock. It took me a few moments to realize no one knew it happened, I swam over drug him out and we got him to spit up water for quite some time. The old crabs left me alone after that, once they realised their insurance would have sky rocketed for the community with a swimming accident if I hadn't done what I did.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:39:55 AM EDT
Was an EMT on an ambulance for 4 years and a nurses aide before that in highschool. I think I helped save a few with the good Lord's grace.. During the 4 years as an EMT, I only saw one woman make it after performing CPR on her and she only lasted another 2 weeks. What bothered me most was that we had the local childrens hospotal contract and having to see some of those kids die and there wasn't anything anyone could do about it.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:43:44 AM EDT
My daughter at age 7 jumped in a pool we were staying at. Over her head and she didn't know how to swim. Others probably would have grabbed her, but I was there first.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:48:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/14/2006 11:48:19 AM EDT by wump]
Ive been in EMS for going on 12 years, seen many lives saved. The incidents that I remeber most though are the ones that we couldnt save.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:52:39 AM EDT

Originally Posted By booniedawg:

Originally Posted By quijanos:
Ever held someones life in your hands?

Lets hear about your experiences.




Now tell'em why you were late to Josh's bachelor party.



Doesn't count. Performed CPR on an old guy for 20 min's who took a dive off the highway (Beltway 8). Worse part about it was seeing him come and go just before checking out.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 11:57:49 AM EDT

Originally Posted By clutchsmoke:
This girl with really long red hair in shop class. Used to stare longingly at her from across the room. One day wile watching her run the lathe, her hair got caught up in the spinning chuck. I actually noticed before she did.
Moved faster than light to the cutoff and stopped it just as her face was about to get mauled. Then the teacher wanted to chop her hair to get her out. She protested as she really liked her long hair(so did I). So I spent the better part of an hour unthreading her hair from the lathe. A little greasy and kinked in places but otherwise ok. Don't know if I really saved her life but the important part was she thought so.



Gota ask.. Pie?
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 12:03:18 PM EDT
Been a EMT/Paramedic for 23 years and a former LEO

Any wonder?
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 12:07:31 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 12:07:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NimmerMehr:

Originally Posted By clutchsmoke:
This girl with really long red hair in shop class. Used to stare longingly at her from across the room. One day wile watching her run the lathe, her hair got caught up in the spinning chuck. I actually noticed before she did.
Moved faster than light to the cutoff and stopped it just as her face was about to get mauled. Then the teacher wanted to chop her hair to get her out. She protested as she really liked her long hair(so did I). So I spent the better part of an hour unthreading her hair from the lathe. A little greasy and kinked in places but otherwise ok. Don't know if I really saved her life but the important part was she thought so.



Gota ask.. Pie?



She was very grateful and I got to know her very well after that. carpet = drapes
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 12:25:45 PM EDT
BIG FAT WOMAN.............eating with friends at J&S Cafeteria in Statesville, NC a few years back.

BIG FAT WOMAN begins to choke on something.............starts looking like .

Her friends just sat there..............but they DID stop eating.

I told the wife to call 911 now!

I run behind her............tried the heimlich maneuver (I'm 6"4" and 250 lbs)................nothing.

Lift 35 pounds of boobs out of the way..........try heimlich again with a bit more OOOOOMPH!

OUT pops a fried shrimp which sailed across the room.

Lay her on the floor to begin breathing again.

Friends go back to eating............they didn't even get up from their chairs, forks never left their hands!

Paramedics arrive..........wife and I had just finished dinner as this happened so we left.

With friends like that......she'd have died.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 12:29:05 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/14/2006 12:32:23 PM EDT by roboman]

Originally Posted By markm:

Originally Posted By HELOBRAVO:
did the Heimlich maneuver on a lady one time while others stood around watching her choke.



That kind of shit puzzles the crap out of me. What are people thinking?

I had some lady collapse and hit her head on the table at one job I had. All the employees in my group were just looking at here? WTF, MORONS? I checked on her and got help.



Google Bystander Syndrome. The larger the crowd standing around when something like that happens, the less likely someone is to jump in and help.

You may have heard of Kitty Genovese. That's where the term comes from. Here's a tidbit:


An example which shocked many people is the Kitty Genovese case. Kitty Genovese was stabbed to death in 1964 by a mentally ill serial rapist and murderer. The murder took place over a period of about thirty minutes, during which at least 38 alleged "witnesses" failed to help the victim.


Basically, this young girl was initially stabbed by an attacker. She started screaming bloody murder and he ended up leaving. She continued screaming bloody murder when he returned later on the same street to finish the attack. No one did a goddamn thing
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 12:29:06 PM EDT

Does donating blood count? =)
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 12:33:30 PM EDT
I've gotten more than my share of extremely drunk drivers off the road. Dunno if that counts.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 12:36:52 PM EDT
Gave my mom the Heimlich manuver once when she was choking on a piece of steak.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 12:39:58 PM EDT
FF/EMT-I for around 12 years. So, one or two.


Originally Posted By wgjhsafT:
Tried to save a buddy's wife who was hit by a car. Did CPR on her with the guy that hit her for about 5 minutes before paramedics arrived.

She was too far gone. I don't know how to explain it, but looking her eyes I knew that my efforts would be fruitless.

Other than that failed effort, no.



Less than 1% survival rate for trauma codes is the stat I've heard, and I have no reason to doubt it. You did your best, and I'm sorry to hear you had to.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 12:45:24 PM EDT

Have you ever saved a life?


Yes, that's what I get paid for.
Good feeling all around when you save one. Shitty when you lose kids though.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 12:49:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/14/2006 12:57:06 PM EDT by xinflt]
I saved my daughters life when she was choking on a Ju Ju Be. Scared the living shit out of me! Thank you Mr. Heimlich!!!!

Edit: My mom saved my Dad's life with CPR when his heart stopped. He was standing in the front hallway of their house and just dropped. I wasn't there but Mom was johnny-on-the-spot that day! When this happend, he was 58 and she was 55. I had no idea that mom knew CPR! They both are gone now
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 12:54:06 PM EDT
Pulled my infant brother out of a river once and then later in a canal when he went through the ice.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 12:58:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/14/2006 1:04:11 PM EDT by Johninaustin]
A couple. Lots more failed attempts than successful ones. The only CPR save I've had has been on an 18 year old female druggie. None of the others have lasted more than a half hour or so, if they came back at all.
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 12:59:29 PM EDT
CPR save a long time ago...
Link Posted: 2/14/2006 1:04:02 PM EDT
Yup.
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