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Brave Fireman and Cat in a Tree. Parallels of Medical Collaboration.

Posted by Lawrence Kerr on Fri, May 03, 2013 @ 12:15 PM

This comes to us via Emily Kerr, who works with amazing people to build brave and beautiful things. We would not have known, but she happened uponEmergency Medical Collaboration
this scene of courage, equipment and collaboration.

1700 miles away from the ClickCare corporate office, a cat was stuck in a tree. The story unfolded just as it does in so many children’s books. 

Why was the cat stuck in a tree? We are sure the fireman asked. As health professionals we ask as well. And like the brave fireman we know that as Alfred Tennyson in Charge of the Light Brigade tells:

Some one had blunder'd.

Theirs not to make reply,

Theirs not to reason why,

Theirs but to do and die.

 

Relate this story of the cat caught in a tree to the story of medical collaboration.

Cat caught in the tree:

  • The problem: Cat in a Tree
  • The requestor: The passerby who heard the meows for help.
  • The collaborator (or consultant): The fireman.
  • The device: The crane which connected the fireman to the cat.
  • The result: A live cat. A brave hero fireman. An inspired passerby.

Patient caught in the tree of healthcare:

  • The problem: A patient looking for health, and figuratively caught in the tree of heathcare
  • The requestor: The first person who bothers to listen and try a little harder (the passerby could have ignored the cat)
  • The collaborator (or consultant): A brave, responsive person who goes a little farther and gets out of his silo of the firehouse (his office, hospital, or routine)
  • The device: iClickCare, as the crane, the hybrid store and forward tool, between patient, requestor and consultant
  • The result: A healthy patient. A hero collaborator. A satisfied requestor/consultant.

Everyday, there are healthcare heros. They are unknown. They are un-lauded. They are sometimes next door and not 1700 miles away.

They are like the noble six hundred. And often feel the same.

 

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References:

Photograph: Emily Kerr, "Seriously, Big Fat Cat on My Street"

Alfred Tennyson's recording of the Charge of the Light Brigade

Alfred Tennyson's handwritten poem.

The complete poem (do you feel the parallels as you work in healthcare?):

The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Tennyson.

Half a league, half a league,

Half a league onward,

All in the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred.

"Forward the Light Brigade!

Charge for the guns!" he said.

Into the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred.

 

Forward, the Light Brigade!"

Was there a man dismay'd?

Not tho' the soldier knew

Some one had blunder'd.

Theirs not to make reply,

Theirs not to reason why,

Theirs but to do and die.

Into the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred.

 

Cannon to right of them,

Cannon to left of them,

Cannon in front of them

Volley'd and thunder'd;

Storm'd at with shot and shell,

Boldly they rode and well,

Into the jaws of Death,

Into the mouth of hell

Rode the six hundred.

 

Flash'd all their sabres bare,

Flash'd as they turn'd in air

Sabring the gunners there,

Charging an army, while

All the world wonder'd.

Plunged in the battery-smoke

Right thro' the line they broke;

Cossack and Russian

Reel'd from the sabre-stroke

Shatter'd and sunder'd.

Then they rode back, but not,

Not the six hundred.

 

Cannon to right of them,

Cannon to left of them,

Cannon behind them

Volley'd and thunder'd;

Storm'd at with shot and shell,

While horse and hero fell,

They that had fought so well

Came thro' the jaws of Death,

Back from the mouth of hell,

All that was left of them,

Left of six hundred.

 

When can their glory fade?

O the wild charge they made!

All the world wonder'd.

Honor the charge they made!

Honor the Light Brigade,

Noble six hundred!

 

 

 

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