The ambulance had radioed ahead: 32-year-old male, motorcycle vs truck. He was unconscious, with an obvious head injury. Vital signs were stable, intubated at the scene. The ambulance was five minutes away.
The team follows a well-drilled routine when he arrives. We transfer him onto the trauma trolley: careful with the breathing tube; keep the neck immobilised; watch out for lines. Everyone gets on with their job – calm, efficient…
Watch Dr Anthony Cross re-tell Close to the bone:
Close to the bone by Dr Anthony Cross appears in EMERGENCY: Real Stories from Australia’s ED Doctors, available now from Penguin Books Australia.