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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Presence of mind

Now this, this is what all parents should do for all kids with cuts. Follow her example, everyone. She has Presence of Mind. She is a hoopy frood who knows where her towel is.

Don't rush into A&E without running the wound under cold water and at least covering it with a bandage or cloth. This is bad.

Don't carry your child kicking and screaming into A&E still dripping blood and enveloped in a fine layer of mud and grit. This is bad.

Don't shout "I need a doctor, stat!" at the top of your lungs whilst carrying your kicking and screaming child. This is also bad.

Don't yell any of the following phrases near your child: "Bleeding to death!", "Look how much blood is coming out!", "Broken skull!", "Head split open!", "I can see the brains!". This will make your child kick and scream even more. This is very bad.

And in the immortal words of the Douglas Adams, "Don't Panic".


Blogger jadeite said...


parents...actually do that.

well i guess i shouldn't judge until it happens to me :/

8:06 pm  
Blogger Dr Dork said...

" I can see the brains !! ".

So bad it's funny....kind of.

Does anyone actually say STAT outside American TV ? Even for a patient, that's awful :)

I like the way you refer to Douglas Adams as "the Douglas Adams". Deified postmortem ?

So long, and thanks for all the BRAINS! STAT! Ha ha ha

9:27 pm  
Blogger tscd said...

jadeite: I think alot of parents just panic. Panicking parents mean hysterical children. Hysterical children mean panicking parents. It's a spiral of despair. ;)

dr dork: People watch way too much TV here. Nobody ever says 'stat' in this ER. Normally, we use words like 'please'.

2:52 am  

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