Activity on the blog is a bit slow at the moment as we are both transitioning into new jobs. For now, have a look at this video. It´s footage from the 2012 boxing day stabbing in London. 18 year old Seydou Diarrassouba bled to death in front of hundreds of onlookers after being stabbed in a nearby Foot Locker store.

If you look carefully, you will see how Seydou goes into cardiac arrest. The police start CPR before the EMTs arrive and take over. Eventually the doctor-paramedic team from London HEMS arrives. I have no direct info about exactly what went down, but apparently they performed an emergency thoracotomy on the street in front of this massive crowd with some very aggressive elements. At least one person gets tasered by the police.

There is the learning point. I think this video illustrates the conditions big-city police and medical professionals sometimes have to deal with. It illustrates important points about scene-safety in prehospital care.

The medical emergency in itself is challenging, but the psychological pressure from the presence of the aggressive crowd must have been immense. How do you prepare for this?

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  1. ice says:

    Thank you for sharing.

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