Patients Say the Darndest Things!
Along the way, however, in addition to answering various questions about his medical and physical condition, Moore confessed that he had killed Carol Mould, who was murdered in her home in Benton in September 2004.
This is what we in the legal profession call an "Oh, $#!t!" moment. I am sure the EMT would agree. The EMT reported the confession and Moore was charged with one count of murder in the first degree. On October 7, 2009, the EMT was called to testify at Moore's preliminary hearing where he recounted his version of the call and the confession.
In EMS, just like the law, an "Oh, $#!t!" moment is one where, despite all the preparation in the world, you can just never be ready for it. Thankfully, they are relatively rare and when they happen, you can manage your way through them by following a few simple rules:
1. Remain calm. React like whatever just happened was exactly what you expected to happen.
2. Quietly consider your immediate safety and that of your coworkers.
3. Continue with your patient care as appropriate for the conditions.
4. Report your "moment" to the appropriate authority with the Zen-like rationality of Yoda.
5. Document every single detail of the "moment", before, during, and after.