This week, I was gaining clinical experience at a softball game. We were relocated to the field at Abingdon High School because the game was later in the evening and lights were going to be needed to finish the game. We were about half way through the first game of the double header, and there was an opportunity for a double play. An ball was hit to an infielder, the infielder threw through the ball to the third baseman, and then the third baseman made a throw to first. The throw to first base soared over the first baseman’s head because the third baseman experienced an injury at the end of the throw. The runner from second took a late slide into third base, slid up over the base, and took out the third baseman’s ankle. The player hit the ground and started rolling because of the pain. Melissa and I ran onto the field and saw that there was an obvious deformity of her ankle. Part of her ankle popped back into place on its own, but the ankle was still extremely displaced. Her foot looked as if it was dangling from the rest of her leg. I ran back to the dugout, grabbed melissa’s kit, and starting pulling out supplies to begin splinting the ankle. It was obvious that her ankle was at the least dislocated, but also a possible break. The ankle and lower leg were stabilized while the SAM splint was applied. I wrapped the ace wrap around the SAM splint to secure the splint, and then we lowered her leg and waited for EMS to arrive.
The x-ray from the hospital showed that her fibula was broken along with her medial malleolus. Up until this point, the most serious injury that I had seen during clinical was an ACL tear. This experience truly drove home how a calm disposition during emergency situations is crucial for the athlete and the mental processes for the clinician. After I saw her ankle, I had just a moment where I wanted to freak out, but instincts quickly set in. I knew that it was important to stay calm so that I could think clearly and keep the patient calm.
This week, I received approximately 25 masteries. I did multiple scenarios with my preceptors, and also was able to receive mastery from therapeutic interventions that I performed in the clinic
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