npr edvertisers
visitors movie times

Santa Barbara Weather: 52.5°F | Humidity: 100% | Pressure: 30.04in (Rising) | Conditions: Partly Cloudy | Wind Direction: North | Wind Speed: 0.0mph [see map]

Free Newsletter
  login  twitter  facebook  RSS 
    15012 Subscribers
      697 Paid (4.6%)
     3 Commenters
     22285 Page Views

Walk MS 2014
Walk MS 2014
The Winehound
The Winehound
All Gaucho Reunion April 24-27
All Gaucho Reunion April 24-27
Advertise on Edhat
Advertise on Edhat
News Events Referrals Deals Classifieds Comments About

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.



Comments on this thread are only open to Community Members.

# # # #

23 comments on this article. Read/Add

# # # #


Send this article to a friend
Your Email  
Friend's Email  

[ easy-to-print version of this page ]



  Home Subscribe FAQ Jobs Contact copyright © 2003-2011  
Edhat, Inc.