Book Review: What could possibly go wrong? by Dr Tony Bleetman
Book title: What could possibly go wrong? :The Highs and Lows of an Air Ambulance Doctor
This book describes a very heartfelt and interesting first-hand account of an Air Ambulance Doctor, Dr Tony Bleetman. He describes his journey of being one of the first Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) doctors, establishing the modern air ambulance network.
I loved to read about his thrilling experiences of flying to medical emergencies to respond to them, often working to save the patient directly on the scene. It was riveting to hear how the HEMS unit also had to overcome other challenges such as bad weather conditions and medical supply and fuel shortages.
Personally, one of the most exciting chapters I read was when a prisoner they had picked up in their helicopter had exaggerated their symptoms as a means of escaping the prison. Once they realised this, the team had to discreetly call the hospital that they were transporting the patient to, to ensure that there were police ready to intercept the patient upon them landing the helicopter.
This book was full of experiences that I had never really read or heard about before so it was incredibly interesting! I’d recommend it to anyone who’d like to know more about what it’s like to work as an air ambulance doctor or paramedic.