1. Welcome to the latest edition of the Summary of Mishaps, more documentation that surprises aren’t necessarily good things.
A. A chief corpsman was making his rounds and sat down “on a chair in the casualty receiving area,” the report said. He rested his hand on the edge of the seat and got stuck by a 23-gauge needle. I know there isn’t anything funny about mysterious medical needles. But I couldn’t very well pass up a needle hidden in a casualty receiving area, could I?
If this mishap had to happen, at least it was in the right place.
B. And speaking of at least being in the right place, a civilian firefighter, while wearing his paramedic hat, transported a patient to an off-base hospital. He had to plug a power line into the ambulance to charge the batteries while he cleaned and restocked the vehicle. One end of the power line had what the report described as “metal sheeting to prevent it from bending.”
Metal, of course, wasn’t exactly the material of choice when frayed wires touch the inside of it.
You guessed it: “Brrrzzzaaappp!”
C. Heck, why not one more? This one involved a nurse at a naval hospital who was restocking what the report called a “medication room.” She was trying to hold the door open with her hand on the hinged side while sliding a box through the doorway. The door, however, was either too heavy or under too much tension. It closed and squashed her thumb.
The good news is that some medication was handy.
Note: This observation is not to be construed as a recommendation to help yourself to the contents of a medication room, should one be handy.
D. Finally, in this week’s “Things Not To Do When You’re the Safety Officer” department, we have a civilian who had that collateral duty at a maintenance facility. He was also in the National Guard. One day he was flying back from duty. When the plane began to fill with smoke and the announcement came on to don oxygen masks, guess who hadn’t paid attention to the instructions and almost passed out before someone else lent a hand?
2. That’s all for this time, friends and neighbors. See you on the flip side.
Last Revision: November 22, 2013