Team member Kristl Bulurun witnessed a cycling accident in Walnut Creek after picking up her son from school:
"A 40-something y.o. female was cycling and went over her handle bars. I and two other witnesses in separate cars pulled over to assist. As soon as I got out of my car, I announced myself as someone with medical training and asked if I could help (got consent!). Also, I had my medical kit in hand as I've always got my gear in my car.
The subject was initially disoriented and at first said no, but she was pretty banged up and bleeding from her hand and face, so I convinced her that I could help. She said she was a nurse so she kept saying she was fine, but we all know how that goes. Anyway, one witness helped direct traffic and I asked the other witness to assist and hold c-spine while also holding the gauze to her face where she was bleeding (I gave the witness a pair of gloves to put on). The witness' daughter called 911.
I then determined A&O (she was x4) and CMSTP. I also did a modified head to toe, but didn't want to take her helmet off in case she ended up having a neck injury. She only complained of shoulder pain, but I checked for broken bones anyway.
Paramedics & ambulance showed up in about 5 minutes; after giving them an update on the subject, they took over and I stood back.
As the paramedics were working on her, another gentleman who had stopped to help started talking to me and asked what happened. I gave him the rundown and then he asked, "So, are you a nurse?" I replied, "No, I'm with Search and Rescue and trained as a first responder." So then he says, "Oh… search and rescue where?", to which I said, "Contra Costa County", to which he replied, "Oh really? I'm with Contra Costa County, too… I'm the Under Sheriff"
So yes, I was observed by the Under Sheriff. He asked me how long I'd been on the team and I told him not long, but that we just completed our EMR training, so I was glad that it all kicked in. Funny thing he asked was "so… you carry your medical kit in your car???" I said, "Yeah, all my gear is there… you never know when a we'll get a callout."
And he said, "Yeah, you guys are a great team."
OMG. I am soooo glad I did not know who he was until I was done. OH THE PRESSURE!! He was so super nice though. Chatted for a little bit more until the police officer on scene needed a statement.
Anyway, he left after a little bit (he had lights on, so that's when I really knew it was the Under Sheriff). Once they got her on the stretcher, I gave a statement to the officer, said goodbye to the subject, thanked the EMTs & the witnesses, and then left.
I have been hoping for a situation to use my EMR skills (I know… it's a sickness), so this was quite exciting. Plus having the Under Sheriff there really beats all.
The thing is… it's clear to me that it's all because of the training. The importance of those 4 months of EMR and the medical training last Saturday really became clear today. Everything kicked in like clockwork (although I'm sure I forgot something really important).
So thank you for all our training. Thank you to the entire team for all our training. This situation was so crazy to have been a part of, but I'm so grateful for the skills and the confidence to have done it. "