The dress code for Resus is:Â naked…frilly pink panties optional.
Part of our process for managing multi-trauma patients is to fully expose them so we can assess the full extent of their injuries and obtain unimpeded respiratory and circulatory access.
But before we get to the fasciaâ€¦.we gotta cut through the fashion.
If we can’t take it off the usual way in seconds, out come the scissors.
Denim, silk, leather, even rubber. Kmart, to Christian Dior, it’s all gotta go.
Up one side, around the crotch ( careful now, we don’t want to find a penis in the patient clothing bag ), up the arms, across the traps to the neck and peel back like a banana.
But even using our trauma scissors it can be hard going.
During winter, the elderly often present encapsulated in a veritable archeological strata of thermal layers.
Undergarments, slips, corsets, thermal underwear, cleats and clips, tracksuit, trousers, jumpers…it can feel like trying to get access to Tutankhamun.
Motorcycle leathers can be particularly difficult.
Did i tell you about the time we cut the leathers off a particularly mean looking bikie, to find him wearing a pair of pink frilly women’s panties?
Now, what I wouldÂ really like is one of these S-Cut tools.Â You might say say are the cutting edge in, um â€¦cutting edge.
These things are not cheap, but they seem to slice through clothing like a light saber through meringue ( check out the video below to see one in action).
According to their website:
S-CUT replaces scissors, knifes and similar tools. Ordinary fabrics as well as leather belts, zippers and heavy outerwear can be easily cut. All you need is a free edge of the clothes where you can start the cut. S-CUT is designed for optimal ergonomics and provides an excellent grip. Using scissors in heavy materials will most often require a lot of effort. The S-CUT is used with a pulling action requiring minimal effort.
It’s like, bzzzzzip, bzzzzzzip, bozzwit………naked.
Forget the trauma patients, I think I could not resist using it on everyone.
And besides, they look so hard-core.Â And they come in a pouch you can wear on your belt.
â€œOK sir, what you seem to have there, is a lacerated finger.â€Â Bzzzzip, bzzzzzip, bozzwit. â€œThe doctor will see you shortly.â€