Doctors and nurses of Farrer Park Hospital (FPH) in Singapore rushed to the scene of an accident where the driver suffered from a stroke. The staff of the private healthcare facility assisted in the management of the driver and a passenger when he crashed his car into a railing.

Sequence of events

The incident occurred on 22 May just outside a restaurant that was opposite Connexion, the integrated complex encompassing a five star hotel, a medical centre and a 220 bedded private tertiary hospital. Nurse Steve Mocsoy had just finished his shift at 5.30pm when he noticed the crashed car along the road with a lady trying to revive the driver who is in his late 50s. This is when he called back to FPH and activated the ‘Code Pink’.

“As a hospital and hospitality concept, we know that medical emergencies may occur within the facility, be it at the hotel, restaurants, clinics, or even outside the limits of the hospital. ‘Code Pink’ was a Standard Operating Protocol to activate hospital personnel to assist in such medical emergencies,” stated FPH on their social media page.

Mocsoy was quoted saying, “I knew that the SCDF ambulance would take some time to arrive, but the man needed immediate medical attention. Activating Code Pink would allow the driver to receive immediate medical care, as we were just beside FPH, and time is of the essence.” The emergency arrived at the scene within 5 minutes with their equipment.

Applaudable quick action

Seven responders, including two doctors, were quick to assess and stabilise the driver at the scene. The female passenger was unhurt. ICU Head Nurse Badli checked the driver’s status and instructed for Singapore Civil Defence Force (SDF) to be called. The patient was stuck in his seat as his side of the car was jammed against the road’s divider.

The doctors and nurses inserted a branula, ensured the patient’s airway was clear and an ECG was set up for monitoring. One of the doctors at the scene, Dr Wong, was quoted saying, “Our thoughts were solely on stabilising the driver until the SCDF arrive. As he was foaming and vomiting, we had to ensure that his airway is clear so that he could breathe.”

Once the SCDF arrived, they extricated the driver and a handover was conducted from the FPH team to ensure all relevant information and treatment process was well documented. The patient was then brought to a general public hospital.

“Through a courtesy call, we understand that the patient had suffered a stroke while driving. It was fortunate that he was already slowing down at the junction and thus a major collision was avoided. Nevertheless, our thoughts and well wishes are with the gentleman and his family, and may he recover well,” penned FPH.

Despite the fact that FPH has a fully functional emergency department, it is standard procedure in Singapore is to send patients in public emergency cases to public hospital. MIMS

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