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Tales from practice: air kiss of life

23 February 2007

“Help!” I shouted. “Help!” I am normally a great respecter of personal space; but this was different. I had to get close enough to kiss him. I needed to find out if he was breathing. He was. And all I then had to do was neatly roll him over into the recovery position.

You would not think that the office is a dangerous place, but nowadays we all have to have our health and safety policies. Some things are sensible, such as ensuring that those of us who spend our days crouched over our computers do not develop hunched backs or carpal tunnel syndrome, and making proper provision for those less able; but do we need first aiders? Apparently we do, as these entries in our first ever accident book reveal:

Injury: gashed middle finger: Picked up file, staple split open along finger. Had to lie down (Jacqui).

Injury: Hit chin on reception table. Lost 1/2 pint of blood from my mouth. Had to lie down (Sarah).

Injury: Got out of my chair, caught left leg on des...

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