The difference between pre-hospital medicine and physical therapy...
"All patients lie, you know." Says the physical therapist friend to me.
"Yah. I know." says, I, thinking of the drunk/addict/prisoner who's "faking it."
"What do you do if the unconscious patient doesn't respond?" he asks.
"Well," Says I, "You put a stick down their throat or a tube in their nose; If they object, they're faking it."
(Oropharyngeal or naso-pharyngeal airway.) This is the best way to ensure someone can breathe, regardless of their mental state.
"Shit, man. You have a cool job!" He says.
The therapist is now intrigued by being a (volunteer) EMT.
Posted by --maddog at 06:17