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All Bleeding Stops Eventually: A Lenny Moss Mystery

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I myself had been the recipient of such calls. Family doctors had called me in a panic, getting in too deep with their own procedures, and I had nonchalantly arrived to solve their problems.

If professionals like me go into this exercise thinking “regular people will never do this”, then regular people certainly will not. If we breed helplessness, and tell people there’s nothing they can do, just wait for help, then helplessness is what we’ll get. However,if we go into this thinking “this is a skill regular people can master and will use in an emergency, and save lives” then there is a chance they will, and that, is a chance I am willing to take. A lifetime ago in school, in residency, we were hammered home the principles of the ABCs when it came to an emergency situation. You had to make sure the airway was clear. That was A. An ER doctor I followed around on my emergency medicine rotation would walk past the room of a screaming child or patient and often remark, “Welp, A and B are working.” Be prepared to risk your entire reputation every time you write, otherwise it's not worth your audience's time.A play must be organized. This is another word for structure. You organize a meal, your closet, your time -- why not your play?

Presented by comedian, actor, musician and author Bill Bailey, Extraordinary Portraits will pay tribute to NHS heroes, marking the 75th Anniversary of the NHS with a series of specially commissioned and inspiring portraits. This six-part series explores the art of portrait making, as Bill - a keen art lover - pairs up some of the most inspiring NHS staff with leading British artists. We discover the stories of compassionate doctors, inspiring nurses, dedicated porters, passionate paramedics and cleaners who go above and beyond to help the people they care for. Their work, lives and personalities are captured for posterity in a new collection of compelling portraits. CBBC But to teach someone a skill is not to terrorize them. Teaching someone a skill, showing them how to fix something, is empowering. Every child (and certainly every adult) should know how to use a tourniquet and do CPR from the point they’re physically strong enough to do those skills. It’s not ‘normalizing’ violence or injury, it is empowering people to be masters of their own fate. Yet, I couldn’t exit the room. The blood was now up to my knees and the liquid applied pressure to the door preventing me from opening it. At least that’s what I suspected; physics had never been my strong point. There was a high probability of other forces at work against me for the door could not be removed from its hinges either, even with the assistance of a scalpel handle. Blood sizzled and popped and the smell of burnt hair filled the room. Thin wisps of smoke snaked upwards like ghostly fingers reaching for the light. Language is a form of entertainment. Beautiful language can be like beautiful music: it can amuse, inspire, mystify, enlighten.

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The final criticism, which often comes from professionals, is that we can’t expect “lay people” or “civilians” to do these things, let alone do them correctly. They, rightly, point out that out of people who learn CPR, only a percentage of them will actually perform CPR if the time comes, and only a small percentage of that group will do it correctly. This is true, but it is all the more reason to give better training to more people to increase the numbers of people who know these skills, choose to do them when needed, and do them correctly. I do this (emergency preparedness and emergency training) professionally. I run CPR and bleeding control courses at work on a semi-regular basis. I participate in creating emergency plans and procedures. In the event of a crisis or emergency, I would be part of the response. My department is tasked broadly with preparing the organization for an emergency. Then there are the negative implications, the inevitable: the patient becomes volume depleted, exsanguinates, and the bleeding eventually stops. There's no time limit to writing plays. Think of playwriting as a life-long apprenticeship. Imagine you may have your best ideas on your deathbed.

The criticism of these programs is always the same. That training like this ‘is turning our schools into war zones’, that this is ‘normalizing mass shootings’, or that this will somehow preclude whatever your preferred action on gun control is because we’ve ‘accepted mass shootings as part of life.’ Frankly, I don’t understand this view. When I say I don’t understand, I mean I have difficulty comprehending how any adult can seriously hold this view. But it’s clear that that is more about the limits of my own imagination or capacity for empathy since many serious people do seem to genuinely hold that view, so let me explain myself. Live is giving over 11 hours of output to their audience - to tell us about their experiences of the NHS - good, bad and future concerns. Character is the embodiment of obsession. A character must be stupendously hungry. There is no rest for those characters until they've satisfied their needs. This is obviously bar-napkin math, but you begin to see why people who do what I do often pursue what to the public may seem like counterintuitive aims. “Why are we spending all this money on training when we could invest it in armed guards to keep people safe?”. Mass-training programs, like the now decades-long push to teach the public CPR, provide a lot of benefits compared to the relatively modest investment required. You probably dropped by to see if I was going to be funny. And I'm going to disappoint you on that front. Instead, I'm going to share the thoughts of Jose Rivera ( Cloud Tectonics, Marisol, References to Salvidor Dali Make Me Hot, et al) on playwriting, a subject near and dear to my heart (not to mention my master's degree and my student loans). These are some of the most compelling thoughts about the subject I've ever read. And while it's long and probably not a topic you give a flip about ... read it anyway. It's provocative, and I promise you'll find something to think about.Florence dedicated her life to helping those in need. She was a trailblazer who led a group of nurses to care for wounded soldiers during the Crimean War and developed revolutionary views about hygiene and sanitation. Hailed as a heroine by Queen Victoria and the British people upon her return from the front, Florence Nightingale went on to establish the Nightingale Training School for Nurses and despite chronic illness, continued in her efforts to reform healthcare at home and abroad from her London salon. In all your plays be sure to write at least one impossible thing. And don't let your director talk you out of it. I do not have the luxury of saying in response to mass shootings “well there shouldn’t be shootings” or “we should ban guns” or any such macro-level political ‘solutions.’ I am tasked with doing something productive for the population I serve in the face of this risk. Calls for mental health funding, red flag laws, media reform, or various flavors of gun control are all well and good but are part of a separate discussion. Those long-term systemic policy discussions are not going to help the victim of a shooting who’s bleeding out on the ground while the police are searching for the shooter. But bystander or self-intervention to stop the bleeding could. Florence Nightingale was an activist, a social reformer, a statistician, and a bold nurse who defied stifling British conventions to change history. An indisputable pioneer, Nightingale died in 1910 aged of 90, leaving behind an inspirational legacy that benefits everyone’s medical care today.

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