The Octane Industry Observer
Our experts at Octane Safety Services want to help you make your workplace a safer one.
Why We Do, What We Do
Isn't it crazy? Life has a way of becoming monotonous. Complacency can set in, and the once exciting, new job, becomes the normal which somehow bleeds into the boring.
Some medical companies and medics, may have forgotten WHY they are out here!
It can't just be to sit in a truck or a shack on standby for countless hours never putting their skills to good use? Can it?
It can't just be the money. Can it?
Use your time wisely in the field. Prepare. Study. Practice.
At one point, signing up for that first First Aid Course, the thought of saving a life, being a hero, making a difference, MUST have surely crossed a mind or two?
A number of reasons could exist as to why we all started in the field, at one point. This was a turning point in your life, right?
Learning new skills, gaining knowledge of the human body, how it works - must have been awe inspiring?
We are Proud here at Octane. We are Awe Inspired.
Overwhelming, heart bursting, almost brought a tear to our eyes Proud. (maybe it did bring a tear to mine, but I cry during hallmark commercials)
Our Field Team - through continued practice and consistent training - doesn't forget, and they spend countless hours in preparation for the moment they trained for, that hopefully, just may never come.
They say Luck is where Preparation Meets Opportunity.
Well, Octane was Prepared, and (without going into confidential details) the Opportunity to experience the WHY, happened, just the other night.
Here is the story.
As he walked from the dog house, to the rig floor, he looked down, grabbed the hand railing, said “What the F” and lost consciousness.
Our medic checked for a carotid pulse, it wasn't palpable. Agonal respirations were present, very sporadically. His skin was pale but he was not cyanotic/blue. He would occasionally draw his arms towards his body slightly, while his head tried to move back with each gasp.
Picture in your mind, the crew holding c-spine, and the medic fitting an OPA – There was no gag or resistance.
The crew took over BVM ventilations and the patient started to receive CPR.
1 hour and 40 minutes.
4 shocks delivered.
The patient was lowered off the rig floor and into the MTC to rendezvous with STARS.
Ventilations and compressions continued.
After a brief history of incident and treatment - compressions stopped at instruction of flight medics once they had attached the patient to their monitor. Ventilations continued through switching to their BVM and oxygen tank.
We assisted the flight medics and answered questions while they worked. They started the patient on IV fluids and gave drugs. These were given to relax the patient as his jaw had become clenched and the OPA could not be removed. After a couple doses they were able to remove the OPA and insert an LMA. A BGL couldn't obtained. It took some time (20-30 minutes) to get the patient stable, packaged and loaded in the helicopter. Patient's vitals were excellent on the monitor.
To whom it concerns at Octane Safety Services,
I would like to pass on a job well done to one of your employees (medic name omitted for privacy).
I was on a medevac yesterday out of Grande Prairie with a middle aged gentleman. He did not fully realize the life saving actions of (medic name) until I answered his questions about the event and explained it further.
(Medic’s name) actions and that of the rig crew undoubtedly save the life of this man. Amazing! Her actions exemplify what it means to be an EMS practitioner and show she has a bright future in the business with her ability to think and act quickly.
Without going into much detail I can let you know it appears he will make a full recovery! Please forward this to (medic name) and please keep it on record as a letter of recommendation for her future endeavors.
(name omitted for privacy)
AHSEMS Flight Paramedic
The Drilling Contractor’s Senior VP of Operations then personally called, to thank our team for being one of the most amazing Medical Companies he has ever seen!
He and his whole team are very grateful to the medic and to us. He wanted to acknowledge that it takes a good company to hire medics like (medic name omitted) and ensure they are qualified and stay qualified. He said that they are a big company, and have had these things happen multiple times, but he has only sent a thank you like this, twice.
The patient is getting a pacemaker and will be going back to work soon, his family is very very grateful to our medic, and us.
It is situations like this, that show us, that it is worth all of the time and effort we put into Raising the Industry Standard!
Furthermore, the Senior Drilling Engineer from our client, sent this message:
I don’t know how much you know of the incident on (rig number omitted for privacy) last night but I want to let you know how much (Consultant names omitted for privacy) and the rig manager are singing praise for (medic name omitted for privacy). I think it is well deserved after hearing how the incident played out and her response and professionalism. I personally thanked (the medic) via phone last night, although she may not remember - understandably.
I suspect your internal reports do a better job of describing the incident than I could and I don’t want to breach any privacy issues, suffice to say it was a very eventful evening and I understand (medic name) didn’t make it to bed until nearly 4am today.
Jessica, (Founder and President of Octane) Our conversation some months back seems ironic. (Medic name) exhibited exactly the level of professionalism we had hoped for.
Have a great, uneventful day(!!!),
This man is going home to his family.
We know the WHY. We prepare for the WHY. Thank you to our Field Team, and the medic on this job specifically, for consistently, and purposely, being a Stand Up, Elite Team of Professionals.
Every day, we are so very proud of each and every one of you.