Friday, October 14, 2011

What if? A safer way of living

Ever expereinced something horrible and wished it was not so? It started me thinking about What if? improvements to how we live.

The following experience led to the creation of a whole new paradigm in residential communities.

This happened to me while attending Duke University in Durham, NC. I lived across the street from a dialysis clinic. I had an upstairs neighbor who was on dialysis. She was carrying something large when she tore the blood vessel in her arm where the shunt was placed. She called 911. Because she was on a blood thinner she bagan to lose blood fast and collapsed on the floor. The firemen came and could not get in. They had to hack at a double-locked steel door while she bled out on the livingroom floor. She was in such severe hypotonic shock that at least one of the responders thought she was dead. But the head Fireman said to take her to Emergency. At Duke they were able to revive her with 5 units of blood.

I thought, What if? there was a nurse in each apartment complex? What if? each nurse had a key and she could come right away and unlock the door? What if? she could stablize the resident until the EMTs arrived? What if this could be paid for in the rent, out of the funds they use for management? And what if this could also help kids with asthma? The nurse could come with oxygen. And what if this could also help diabetics during a hypoglycemic attack? The nurse could come with glucose. And what if this could also help people with angina or high blood pressure? What if? we all felt cared for where we lived? What if? we could get a well-check along with a rent receipt?

Then I thought, What if? someone doesn't do this? Well, then I will do it.

If you think this idea has merit, what services would you most want?
If you are a health care provider, Emergency nurse or nurse practioner, what are your thoughts?

I plan on doing this. I plan on getting all your input, then putting together a business plan and going forward.

I want each of us to have an Unlimited future.

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