■ “I lived with my grandmother for a long time since I was young.”
Oh Yoon-mi, who works at a dental hospital in Sejong, called patient A around 10 a.m. yesterday (19th). This is because Mr. A, who was supposed to visit the hospital the afternoon before, did not come to the hospital. After several attempts, Mr. Oh was able to talk to Mr. A, but he noticed that Mr. A’s tone of voice over the phone was different from usual.
After asking several times, “Is there a guardian next to you?”, Mr. Oh decided that it was difficult to communicate with Mr. A and his speech had become slurred, unlike usual, so he called 119 and reported, “Please check the safety of Mr. A.”
He said the patient he had scheduled didn’t show up, so why did he call the next day to check on his well-being? Mr. Oh, who is in his 30s, said, “I was strangely nervous.” He also explained why he called 119, saying, “I have lived with my grandmother for a long time since I was young, and when I was a high school student, my grandmother collapsed from a cerebral hemorrhage,” and “the patient seemed to be in a similar condition to that time.”
Sejong Fire Department 119 Comprehensive Situation Room fire instructor Choi So-young, who received the report, also made contact with Mr. A after several phone attempts. However, only a small groaning sound could be heard through the receiver. Firefighter Choi, a veteran firefighter with 7 years of experience, sensed that Mr. A was a seriously ill patient, and gave an order for ‘pumping’ where an ambulance and a pump truck were dispatched.
Fire authorities confirmed Mr. A’s home address through his dental medical records and looked up mobile phone location information to narrow down the patient’s location. After a search, Mr. A was found in a field in Wachon-ri, Yeonseo-myeon, Sejong-si. It had been 50 minutes since the hospital staff reported Mr. A’s well-being. At the time of discovery, Mr. A was reported to have collapsed while leaning against a container. Mr. A showed suspicious reactions such as symptoms of hemiplegia during the pre-hospital stroke scale test and was transferred온라인카지노 to a cerebrovascular specialty hospital in Cheongju, where he is currently receiving inpatient treatment.
Mr. A’s child later called the hospital employee Mr. Oh and expressed gratitude, saying, “Her mother was confirmed to have suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and is currently in the intensive care unit,” and “Thank you very much for reporting the incident.” It appears that one citizen’s small interest and kindness saved a precious life in a situation that could have easily been overlooked.
■ Golden time is life…
It is said that it is common for the 119 General Situation Room to respond to reports of “just smile” to a suspected patient and “an acquaintance with a chronic illness cannot be contacted.” In this report, the quick judgment of Fire Brigade Choi, who received the first report, played a large role in the prompt confirmation of the home and location information.
Firefighter Choi said, “After hearing the reporter say, ‘The patient’s speech was slurred unlike usual,’ we judged that there was a high possibility of cerebrovascular disease.” In the case of stroke, it is important to receive treatment as soon as possible after the onset. As golden time is life, we asked that if there is a suspected patient, please report it immediately.
How can we recognize the increase in cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases in the fall and winter when temperatures drop? One way for the general public is to use the ‘Prehospital Stroke Scale’ to determine how likely a patient is to have a stroke at the prehospital stage.
Choi Fire-gyo explained, “If the patient shows symptoms of ‘hemiplegia’, such as one corner of the mouth lowering or one arm dropping when asked to ‘smile’ or ‘raise both arms in front of you,’ it is a reaction suspicious for stroke.” I did. He also added that if the pronunciation is not correct or the sentences are incomplete when asking questions such as ‘what day is today’ or ‘what time is it’, it is best to seek help immediately.