Sunday, September 28, 2008

Drive My Car

We had a pair of pretty serious car accidents roll in back-to-back during the parade of traumas the other night.

The first involved an older female driver who sustained minor injuries after crashing her car into another vehicle.  The driver of the second car, a young male, was pretty banged up as well, and sported a textbook seatbelt sign across his abdomen.  Unfortunately, it appeared that the female driver might have syncoped at the wheel, thus causing the crash.  Probably time to take that license away.

Shortly after receiving those two patients, another MVC victim arrived via EMS after being T-boned while driving down a side street.  Apparently another car blew through a stop sign and crashed directly into the victim's driver's side at 50mph.  The patient had basically his entire left side fractured in one way or another, and ended up with a hemo-pneumothorax as well.  I've seen a good number of chest tubes put in, but this was the first time I got to observe one get placed up close, and it was pretty cool to watch.

One of the biggest things I miss most from home is driving, but I'm glad I don't have a car out here.  East Coast drivers are crazy.

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