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Ambulance: CLBD-7 A Fiction

Written by RSS Poster BrianKellett.net

So the previous post is a part of a piece of fiction that I occasionally type stuff into. It’s about a world where a new and contagious form of dementia ‘CLBD-7’ has changed the world in unusual ways. It’s a first person piece (mostly) written by a journalist writing a retrospective since it was discovered.

If you click on the ‘fiction’ category you can scroll back and see how it started.

This is a first draft, which is what they will all be, and I’m not entirely sure why I’m posting it up, it really should go through at least one editing process, but I think it’ll force me to write more of it and maybe even get it finished.

It’s meant, in part, to be a metaphor for how the NHS is collapsing, and while I started writing it in 2009, I really need to get it out before the NHS actually collapses in a pile of flaming Brexit disaster underfunding.

Anyway – no-one really reads blogs anymore, so who is going to notice.



Ambulance: KEywave Dynamics

Written by RSS Poster BrianKellett.net

In my time as a journalist I’ve been to countless Start-ups all across Europe and the US and, no matter how ‘fresh’ or ‘disruptive’ or ‘innovative’ they are, they all have one thing in common. They all look like a toddler’s day centre.

Anton, the CTO leads me through the white walled offices to a meeting room and my heart sinks when I see that the seating is beanbags. I fucking hate beanbags ever since I threw a vertebral disc covering the riots of ’20 and if I sit in one I’m going to need a forklift to get me back out. I think I’m going to have to rely on Judith for assistance later. If I can get her to stop staring at the back of Anton’s head like she thinks it’ll explode.

Anton fiddles with his watch and a projector screen descends from the ceiling in front of me and the usual corporate branded background fills the screen. In a stunning lack or originality it’s a navy blue with a single white wavy line going from left to right. In the lower right corner it announces that ‘Keywave Diagnostics...

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Police: THE TOAST IS THE AMBER LIQUID

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
If, dear reader, you`re a newcomer to this blog I hope you might return from time to time.  If you`re familiar with this site and can tolerate my sometimes unpopular themes I thank you for your persistence.  But to all who might peruse my meanderings here and @bloggingJP I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a New Year free of Brexit headlines. Since the latter is unlikely to be more than wishful thinking enjoy the amber liquid on its most appropriate time for being in the glass and not the bottle. 


Fire: Lowestoft firefighters sing Christmas carols for charity

Written by RSS Poster Alerter - the firefighters blog

"It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas"

Carol-singing-2018

It's that time of year when we serenade the good people of Lowestoft with the perennial Christmas favourites of carols and songs.

For the first time I was handed the Choir Masters baton to lead our motley crew in their two hour segue through all things festive.

From Silent Night to the crowd's favourite, 12 Days of Christmas, and everything in between we entertained the Christmas shoppers and gave them something to smile about.

And all in aid of a good cause or two.

We were raising funds for The Fire Fighters Charity and Pathways Care Farm.

And a big, BIG thank you must go to the generous people of Lowestoft who put pounds, pennies and notes into our buckets. The total coming in at over £1300!

Chuffed doesn't get close to how pleased we all were with that fabulous amount.

I was chuffed too.

Because... Never before in the field of firefighting has one firefighter issued orders to so many white helmets. At the last count it was three...

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Ambulance: Manual Versus machine Blood Pressures

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe

How do you want to be known as a Paramedic/EMT?

A. Reliable
B. Frequently wrong

According to a recent article in JEMSDitch the Machine to Improve Accuracy in Blood Pressure Measurement and Diagnostics, “automated blood pressure readings are frequently inaccurate.”

Is this a surprise to anyone?

Yet, many of us continue to relay on automated BP cuffs to direct our clinical actions.

In a March 2016 article in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, Which is More Accurate in Measuring the Blood Pressure? A Digital or an Aneroid Sphygmomanometer:, digital devices:

  1. should be used with caution, doubt and suspicion
  2. are not up to standard
  3. (can cause many people to be) wrongly or misdiagnosed
  4. may prove disastrous

Powerful words.

The JEMS article points out that even the manual for the Physio-Control Lifepack 15 contains this warning:  

“shock may result in a blood pressure waveform that has a low amplitude, making it difficult for the monitor to accurately determine the systolic and diastolic...

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Police: THE MEANING OF THIS

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
I have just a brief post today.  The advertisement below from today`s edition of "Police "Professional"is for an Inspector at the MET.  If you were a white person interested in this job what would be your feelings on reading this last paragraph?

We view diversity as fundamental to our success. To tackle today’s complex policing challenges, we need a diverse workforce made up from all communities. Applications from across the community are therefore essential.[my underline]


Police: THE CONTINUING SAGA OF RICHARD PAGE EX J.P.

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
My most recent post on this story was earlier this year on 15th February. For those unfamiliar with the history that post has a link to my first comments on the case a year earlier. It is a carbuncle on the face of this country`s supposed leadership in all matters legal that after almost three years Mr Page is still ascending the labyrinthine steps to a conclusion. It is a matter of some concern that at a time when HMCTS is supposedly spending a billion pounds on digitalisation of the courts` process that fundamental matters affecting our very democracy are proceeding at a snail`s pace.  It is in cases of this nature that underlying freedoms are won or lost. My opinion is that as with many supposed "changes" in legal matters the basic freedoms we have assumed as our right under the law are being salami sliced from us. The fate of Richard Page should be a concern for us all. 


Ambulance: Balance

Written by RSS Poster Medic Scribe

December 8, 2018: This weekend, I am in Worcester, Massachusetts at the New England Short Course Meters Masters Swimming Championships as a member of the Connecticut (CONN) team. Last year, we shocked many of the other teams by taking first place. Points are awarded based on place finish in individual and relay events. Each swimmer is only allowed to swim a maximum of six events a day or 13 for the entire meet. Friday evening is distance day (800 Free), Saturday and Sunday are for the relays and the main swimming events. Last year I scored 119 points swimming 12 events despite having a pretty severe chest cold. I also swam in three of the four relays. I came in second in the men’s 55-59 200 Meter Butterfly and earned 15 points for it. I was second out of 2 swimmers. Last year I finished 25th in the nation in that event in my age group. 25 out of 25. Still I was proud as it is a difficult event, particularly for someone who did not know how to swim the stroke five years ago. I am swimming it again this year, and if all scheduled swimmers...

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Fire: Don't let fire ruin your festive fun: Christmas safety tips

Written by RSS Poster Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service - Latest News
Christmas fire safety tips


Police: HEAVEN HELP US

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
I have a fear of becoming boring and repetitive but when a report of yet another multiple offending scumbag paedophile being given custody suspended I hold my head in my hands. If judges cannot show the abhorrence felt by the public in their sentencing decisions they will lose public support as is happening within our political system. When politics and the law are held in contempt the day of the populist draws ever closer. Heaven help us. 



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