One Adam-12, One Adam-12


annieAEDCourtesy of the police scanner in our emergency department, we’ve heard a run on concerned citizens reporting some odd things to the police lately.

There’s the report of the “reckless driver” who had the nerve to pass an elderly person’s car coming into town.
A “suspicious man” walking in an alley.
An intoxicated individual walking on someone’s lawn.
The latest was police and ambulance crews get called out to a “man down” in a car a couple of blocks away from a bar. When they got there, the doors to the car were locked. They banged on the roof of the car. The guy sat up and looked around in fright, wondering why a dozen eyes were staring at him through the windows.
“Cancel the call. The subject was just sleeping,” came the response from the officer on the scene.

That brought out the story of a code on the hospital’s front lawn.
An elderly couple was walking down the sidewalk by the hospital on a nice summer day when they saw a man in scrubs laying face down in the grass on the hospital grounds. They yelled at him a couple of times and he didn’t move, so they went back inside the hospital and a “code blue” was called to the front lawn of the hospital. Nurses and doctors poured out of the hospital with CPR equipment and a stretcher. They rushed to the patient and rolled him over to start doing chest compressions. It was one of the anesthesiologists. He promptly started flailing his arms and sat bolt upright on the grass – his iPod headphones popping out of his ears.

“Jeez. Can’t a guy just enjoy a little nap in the sun?”

Not when Johnny Gage is on the job.

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  1. Why is it sad? That’s the kind of trivia that wins “who’s paying for the take-out this shift” bets!


    Kent McCord-Officer Jim Reed
    Martin Milner_ Officer Pete Malloy


    Kevin Tighe- FF/Paramedic Roy Desoto

  2. Reminds me of what happened to our tenant who had to get a food allergy test done at the hospital as part of his medical exam to get back into the forces.
    He was put in the ICU hooked up to the monitor. So first he needs to lick the food, wait 15 minutes then take a bite, spit it out, wait another 15 minutes. Then take a bit, chew and swallow and wait 15 minutes. He had 3 different types of food to test (shrimp, lobster and crab). Well, the waiting was boring and he fell asleep.

    When one of the nurses found him in this state (and he won’t respond as he is trained to sleep whenever he can and definately is ‘dead to the world’) she called the code and when he snorted and opened his eyes he was staring at a crash cart that was ready to be used.

    And no one checked to see if his pulse was still there? Makes me wonder…

      • I’m sure they checked for a pulse, but a crash cart (which contains instruments and medications for dozens of potential situations) would be brought to bedside for any unresponsive patient, pulse or no pulse.

  3. I’m an RN working in a busy Emergency department in a new hospital (lots of landscaping and fountains / pools).

    Standing out in the ambulance bay last summer chatting with my buddy when we get a panicked call from the admitting clerk (who’s office over looks a pond)saying that she can see a patient laying in the pool. No word if they were face down or not, but better to play it safe and check before they actually call a code blue for a potential drowning.

    We jump in his ambulance and drive up to the area to have a look see and there was a patient in the pond… laying there, surrounded by family… soaking her feet in the water, enjoying the sun.

    ** head shake**

  4. Hey WC.. did you pull out the yardsticks to make sure the anesthesia dood was inside the 250 yard EMTALA mandated extension of the Emergency Roo.. umm dur… Department?
    Or as we lovingly call it … the phone-bone zone, (’cause anyone in the 250 yard ED radius using a cellphone seems to trip, fall and break something).
    Our phone-bone zone covers 3 lanes of a 6 lane freeway and a suspected meth house (explaining a lot of the falls, and the medicaideurs with cellphones). Dragging our gurney into freeway traffic is a bit like the old video game Frogger.

    Yup. The best medical system the lawyers can give us… just wait until the healthcare bill passes…

  5. Soronel Haetir on

    The best entry from the local police blotter I’ve seen was “A caller reported a crack extending all the way across the highway”. Understand, it’s called a highway, but it’s a two lane road, and not a very wide one at that. It’s not even paved the entire length.

  6. Who naps face down? Unless, you know, they were lying on their arms in a classic, comfy outdoor napping position and that wasn’t picked up by the person that rolled them.

  7. We get calls like this all of the time. We just tend to leave them there – no patient found.

    We have some people (often management) who insist that if there was a 911 call, that means there was a patient and appropriate refusal paperwork needs to be signed by the patient following a full exam and contact with medical command. Fortunately, these people are usually kept away from sharp objects and heavy equipment. Unfortunately, they are usually promoted to keep them from harming patients with their own hands.

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