I was recently (within the last millennium) dispatched to an unconscious diabetic, no big deal… just another day at the office, I thought.
I had a military medic observing with me for that shift, learning how we do things on the streets.
We jumped in the wagon, flicked the lights and sirens on and sped off down the road to save the day.
We generally love jobs with diabetics, a bit of sugar and bobs your uncle, hallelujah, it’s a miracle.
As we pulled up at the address, we were met with the usual frantic waver, escorted up a rickety plastic spiral staircase to find an unconscious mountain of flesh sprawled across the floor. “I hope this goes to plan” I thought to myself, wondering how we’d get him out if it didn’t.
He was GCS3 (properly unconscious) and his jaw was locked.
Blood sugars of 0.2mmol (4 is the lowest they should be). A glucagon injection did nothing. IV sugars got him back to about GCS6 but that was after the second bag!
We couldn’t get him out with just the two of us, so we called in another crew, and the fire service, and HART, and the police… we called everyone, ok?
The only way to get this guy out of his house was to smash a hole through his roof, get the fire service to poke the cherry picker through the hole and 12 of us to lift him on a carry sheet onto the cherry picker and down to a waiting bariatric ambulance.
This guy apparently hadn’t left the top floor of his house in many years, I somehow doubt he’ll be going back there…
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