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Open day at QEH

At first 11-year-old Crystal Grosvenor of The St. Michael School was reluctant, but after several adults gave it a try, she readily volunteered to try to save the life of this “man” during the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s open day, and Paramedic Timothy McClean gave her a wealth of knowledge on how to do it correctly.

The delivery of babies, the uses and importance of an epi-pen, glucose kits and lifesaving techniques were just a few of the education issues discussed today when the Queen Elizabeth Hospital held its open day.

The paramedics attached to the Accident and Emergency Department were in one of the most widely popular areas as they held court almost the entire day with the innovative set up.

By evening, the emergency staff had covered the model of a pregnant mother, joking that the baby in her “stomach” was tired, after being delivered several times every hour of the display.

Paramedics Timothy McClean and Andrew Shepherd were among those who led several members of the public and then later members of the hospital’s management through the delivery of the baby, the stabilisation of an injured patient and CPR.

Shepherd even commented to hospital CEO Dr. Dexter James that he believed at least two persons in every department in the facility should be trained in CPR, as they were encountering some who did not know the basics. The hospital head agreed it was a good idea.

He also fielded question from members of the public about what they should do about allergic reactions and what were the essentials they should keep at home in case of emergencies.

McClean was kept busy during his several deliveries of the model baby, answering questions about placenta removal, and the role of paramedics on arriving at the homes of a woman in labour.

The officials of the Medical Records Department also came out to discuss their role, and interestingly, answer questions about — autopsies.

Ramona Haynes and Francine Skinner, at a table filled with all kinds of medical forms, explained that contrary to belief not every death required an autopsy, but in fact they were only usually ordered for suspicious or unusual deaths.

They also said that births can create quite a bit of work for the department with October usually being a hectic month, noting that at one point there were 20 to 30 births in a single day. About nine months after Valentines and Crop-Over, they said, they tend to see a spike in deliveries.

The Diabetes Association was also on hand to conduct blood sugar and blood pressure checks and advise members of the public on proper diets. (LB)

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