Hope Lives Where Death Seems T


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"O.K., Ma'am, what's the problem?"
"A man's been shot! Get here fast!"
"Alright, now. Slow a little. What's the location?"
In the call received above, practical training was working in unison with academic skills. Normally, this was not an injury in which the victim would survive to speak. Don Elbert had taught me most everything I knew. Before the dispatcher even got off the line, Don and I were already in Unit #6601. We knew the initial direction of the distress call, and we were on our way. The exact location was quickly radioed to us.
When we arrived, we found innumerable lights flashing and what seemed a legion of law enforcement officers. As is not unusual in a ...

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used was no larger than a small blade pocketknife, one-quarter inch at its breath. It was similar in size to the knife that my father carried religiously in his pants pocket. The signs I noted in my evaluation, coupled with the knowledge of other signals, pointed to one thing . . . pericardial tamponade.
This type of injury is usually fatal. Already, the man had lain in the street far too long, approximately 30 minutes, without adequate oxygen. I applied a sophisticated piece of equipment to him, Military Anti-Shock Trousers (MAST). This "magic" device, when inflated, pushes a liter of blood from each of the lower three body quadrants to the vital organs: the heart, lungs, and liver. After the administration of the MAST, the man's blood pressure was made to rise to a not so promising 50/0. When we finally got the patient "packaged, I breathed for him with a ventilating mask device while in route to the Trauma Center at East Texas Medical Center.
Another classic sign of this ...

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