Two emergencies of bleeding
Little Tom fell from his bicycle.
Everybody at home panicked.
“He is bleeding a lot … a lot! Can you come home, mum?” the older brother cried.
“Listen, boy. Go get a clean towel from the cupboard. Cover the wound. Press to stop the bleeding. Just press. Daddy will be back in a few minutes. I will meet you all at the emergency department.”
Nurse Chen went back to attend to her two patients. The doctors and nurses were hanging blood, pack after pack, only to see more blood being vomited and passed out. The resuscitation went on for these two regular patients who had cirrhosis liver and bleeding oesophageal varices.
Nurse Chen informed the ER staff to expect her son. He had five stitches on his foot.
Both are emergencies. The amount blood loss varies. But the perception of ‘a lot of blood loss’ is very real in both contexts!