Medical Needs for Homeless
updated: Dec 21, 2013, 12:48 PM
By Edhat Subscriber
A homeless lay seizing on the streets when years of alcohol, drugs and a homeless lifestyle take their
toll. Tuesday I drove up Hollister headed to the San Roque Post office when suddenly I saw a man seizing
on the ground at the corner in front of Carl's Jr.
Being an unemployed UCLA nurse - now Business student - I immediately pulled over, a reaction I couldn't
control. When I arrived at the victim there were other people standing around trying to assist; I saw a young
girl's face confused and a guy on the phone describing the victim to the 911 operator. When I looked
down I saw a disheveled, homeless, ETOH, victim of malnutrition dying as he lay face down in blood
from a head injury sustained from the impact of the pavement.
My first thought was to clear his airway as I watched his labored abdominal breathing and heard him
gurgling; I thought he may have a spinal injury. Without putting myself at risk, I gently grabbed the
victim's coat and positioned his leg by log rolling him on his side so he could breath. A man whose
face I never saw gently put a cloth under the victims head as I held on to the victims grimy coat that
looked like a war veterans jacket coated with the elements of street, disparity and deprivation, I
balanced him on his side.
Another nurse stopped and noticed my knowledgeable actions to assist the victim as she also discussed
spinal injury possibilities. I could see the victim regaining consciousness as he started to moan and
move when lateral. Within minutes AMR medics where on the scene, they us offered alcohol to clean our
hands. All I needed was 3 minutes of hand washing.
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