Life as an FY1 - Better Safe Than Sorry
I was walking down the main hospital corridor when I decided I needed to bleep somebody. So I quickly slipped onto the nearest ward to find a telephone. Oops.
And next time, maybe I’ll check more carefully for a pulse before I start such highly effective chest compressions…
**UPDATE - May 2nd 2012 **
There are a few more details to this story that have emerged since it was originally written.
Firsty, Ronald's Chest X-Ray.
On the day in question there was much anticipation amongst the junior doctors of the hospital (news spreads quickly) to view the chest x-ray of Ronald to see if there was any trauma. In fact, I do beleive there was even a sweepstake as to the total number of broken ribs. Of the 8 ribs which were completely visible on the poor quality film, all were broken. Excellent.
Also, news of the story spread quickly across the country. And, as always, certain details were mis-recalled, exaggerated, and lost as the story became a myth. My personal favourite:
"Oh you work at XXXXX hospital dont you? Didn't a junior doctor break someone's legs doing CPR?!'
Not for from the truth I suppose.
[image from wikipedia]