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Old 08-03-2006, 12:47 AM   #1
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Holding someones hand


Lately, many of my pts have been asking me to hold their hand because they're scared, upset, crazy, etc. From now on, I'm starting a no hand holding rule in the back of my ambulance. What do yall think about this?


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Old 08-03-2006, 06:08 AM   #2
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Are you talking about 911 transports or regular transports?
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Old 08-03-2006, 07:34 AM   #3
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is there something wrong about being a compassionate ems'er?
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Old 08-03-2006, 08:06 AM   #4
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I think it is a TERRIBLE idea. Your there to provide for their medical needs. Making them feel safe and comfortable is part of taking care of your patient.

It doesn't matter if it is a 911 call or taking Grandma back to the nursing home. Sometimes holding their hand is exactly what they need from you.

Its not going to hurt anything. And you never know, you may be the only person to show them that much compassion all day.

I sure hope when I need an ambulance for my daughter who has a heart condition, that Medic in the back doesn't refuse to hold her hand if she asks. I will come unglued!

Compassion. Empathy. Just general give a crap about your patients is all part of your job.
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Old 08-03-2006, 08:57 AM   #5
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Wear gloves. Hold hands. If it interferes with your ability to treat the patient, say "excuse me", do what you need to do, then hold their hand. There is something called "psychological first aid" that I practice a lot on my ambulance. Usually if you can calm a patient down a bit, some of their symptoms subside - and it provides a better, more well rounded course of care for your patient.

If you have a probie, have them hold hands, so you don't have to.
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Old 08-03-2006, 11:09 AM   #6
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I've got no problem holding the hand of a patient, if it dosen't interfere with my other responsbilities at hand.

I've had problems with elderly women (and men) with dementia grab my leg and start trying to feel me up... but holding someone's hand is sometimes the BEST treatment we can provide for them.
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Old 08-03-2006, 11:12 AM   #7
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Holding someone's hand is so simple, yet so effective. Words can only do so much; humans thrive on touch and contact.

This has been proven to me over and over again, but was first proven to me when my partner and I held a little boy's hands who had been abused and abandoned by his parents.
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I've had quite a few patients open up with critical info on holding their hand, or what is simple eye contact and calm friendly nature

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Wow Stevo - very deep. Good line to remember.
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Old 08-04-2006, 03:49 AM   #10
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Thanks for the responses everyone. Hand holding has become way to cliché and everyone expects it now. If someone wants me to hold their hand while they're dying, that's one thing. In reality, people who are dying rarely care about holding someones hand. More commonly people want me to hold their hand just because they think that's what we do. For example, some people want me to hold their hand while my partner starts an IV. You wouldn't see this being done at the hospital would you?
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