As the spice girls said it, we all need somebody with a human touch.
Recently I spent some time in A and E and as part of this I also spent some time in resus. For those of you who aren’t quite sure what this is, it is where the sicker patients are and as a result, there are often more people around them to help.
In these kinds of situations you can often feel like a bit of a spare part. The doctors don’t always have time to explain everything that is going on to you and if there isn’t much from the medical side for you to do you can feel like a bit of a melon.
So when this happened to me, I gave myself a new role.
Salma: medical student and official hand holder.
Not as important as “ECG checker” you might say but still important I feel.
The comfort of someone holding your hand in a scary situation is not to be underestimated.
I had to have an operation and I still remember the nurse in theatre who held my hand. Her name was Joyce, she had a really nice perfume on, purple eye shadow, green eyes and she held my hand. She told me not to worry and held my hand until I was anaesthetized.
In resus there was a patient who was struggling with their breathing. Everything from the medial side was being taken care of, so I took on the role of official hand holder. My role, I told myself was to hold the patients hand and calm them down as best as I could.
It might seem like a trivial role, but ask the patient about what happened when they went to hospital and I’m sure that they will remember being stressed out in resus and someone holding their hand.
Never underestimate the role that you can have. I might not have saved her life but I helped in some way. And so can you. Whether you are year 1 or year 5.
For those of you who didn’t get the Spice girls reference at the start (shame on you) enjoy the link below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JD6ejmlpa8
And for a smarty pants talk on the human touch have a watch of this brilliant TED talk: