Heroes come in many shapes and sizes and while there are various traits that help to make up a hero, such as courage and bravery, the one thing I have found is that most of our heroes are reluctant to seek out attention. For that reason I’d like to share an email that came across my desk the other day, about a group of Theatre staff, who despite having a particularly horrific shift, went the extra mile and performed at the top of their game.
To tell us more I have asked Catherine Larsen, Theatre Service Manager to provide some further details
Imagine you are coming to the end of a busy afternoon shift. The night shift are starting to come on and just as you are winding down, packing up and ready to go home, an elderly man with a ruptured *AAA arrives in Theatre. To make matters worse, the man starts to arrest – just as the surgeon arrives. You put all thoughts of going home out of your mind as you work with your colleagues to help save his life. Meanwhile in the Theatre next door, and unaware of what’s happening outside, theatre staff work hard on saving a woman due to a ruptured ectopic pregnancy.
That’s 3 lives in the balance, and just as the man is stable enough to proceed with surgery a second AAA patient arrives, along with an emergency Caesarean. It’s all hands on deck, the adrenaline is pumping and everyone is working at the top of their game.
While events like this can happen and would you believe, do happen frequently, it was fantastic to hear the team work and camaraderie described with such high regard by two senior anaesthetists who were working that night.
Anyone who works in a highly pressured environment is well aware of the importance of good clear leadership and I’m guessing if most of us had the time to stop and think about what was happening, we would either be overwhelmed or unsure as to who needs our attention the most. In this situation the anaesthetists and nurse coordinators did a fabulous job of keeping the team together
And as a result every one of these patients had a good outcome.
Knowing you have given 110% and have done the best you can for your patients is the reason why our staff come to work. While thanking people for going the extra mile is appreciated, it’s not expected and I think a large number of our staff do a great job every day, without the need for accolades – that’s not why we do what we do.
To all of the staff that were working that night and to the wider Theatre team, thank you for your superhero effort. You do an amazing job and your efforts are valued and appreciated.
Geraint and Catherine