A 22-year-old Hispanic male is operating a string trimmer as part of a residential lawn maintenance crew. A nearby co-worker operating a commercial riding lawnmower approximately 20 feet away runs over a lacrosse ball that was hidden deep in the grass. The ball, ejected and traveling at a high velocity, strikes the victim directly in the chest.
During a pickup hockey game at a local ice arena, Peter, a 27-year-old male, takes a hard fall onto the ice. He lands face first, causing an episode of epistaxis. His fellow players pick him up and make him sit until the bleeding from his nose stops a few minutes later. Peter assures his teammates he’s fine, but that he’s done playing for the day. He tells them he’ll be back next week to make up for his injury and leaves the ice alone, headed to the facility’s locker room to change.
It’s a cool, wintry day as last-minute Christmas shoppers make their way down an extremely congested highway leading into a local community of approximately 100,000 people. An EMT and a paramedic are sitting in their mobile intensive care unit (MICU) post midway between two districts when they’re dispatched to a reported motor vehicle collision about three miles from their location. The dispatcher seems extremely anxious as she reports a patient whose intestines are showing through an abdominal wound.
There’s much more to Las Vegas than the casinos, bars and the bright lights of the Strip. Many wonderful parks and unique points of interest are nearby and offer respite from the constant grind of the city. One such park is the Valley of Fire State Park located just north of Las Vegas. This is a beautiful and striking collection of rocks and escarpments and is often used for movie and television shoots.
At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 26, 2010, my partner and I were dispatched to a residence for a child with shortness of breath and a history of croup. On arrival, we found a six-year-old boy in his father’s arms in a steam-filled bathroom. The patient was agitated, in obvious respiratory distress and exhibiting the classic seal-like barking cough commonly associated with croup. The parents said the patient had been suffering from croup for a few days but had suddenly become markedly worse that evening. The parents also reported that the patient had Down syndrome.