Welcome to this week’s EMS Horror Stories. In this video, Scott McConnell, RN, BSN, CEN, NRP, EMS-I, shares the story of delivering a baby in the field, and how it almost went horribly wrong.

Delivering a baby in the field

One day, Russ, the EMS who submitted this story, went in the field to assist a woman in labor. Russ had a student with him on the call. The student was intelligent and hard working, so Russ decided that, unless the call took a horrible turn, to allow the student to handle the call.

The student did a fantastic job of walking the mother through the birth of her child. Everything was going smoothly, until it wasn’t. Holding the newborn in their hands, the student proclaimed the baby needed to be warmed and cleaned. But, Russ noticed, they had not yet cut the umbilical chord.

This could have gone horribly wrong. The new born could have been seriously injured or worse. Luckily, the umbilical chord snapped right where the student should have cut it. Rushing over, Russ instructed the student on what to do next. Thought the student pushed back at first, insisting they were right, eventually they realized their mistake.

Working in the field is much different than learning or practicing in the classroom. If it hadn’t been for some serious luck, this call could have gone very wrong.

Though OBGYN calls in the field are rare for most EMS crews, knowing what to do is so important. When you go on such a call, two people, in very vulnerable circumstances, are depending on you to deliver the highest quality of care you possibly can.

Thanks for tuning in for this week’s video, and, until next time, stay safe out there in the field!

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