My first time on callBMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39251.470417.DE (Published 19 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:146
- Olaoluwatomi Lamikanra, medical officer, Baptist Medical Centre, Lagos, Nigeria
It was my first time on call, and I was to cover the emergency room from 4 pm until 8 am the next morning. The early part of my shift was uneventful, and I successfully cleared the minor cases of malaria, colds, and catarrhs. My great fear had long been of being accosted by a patient and not knowing what to do, so that night I retired to bed with hopes and prayers for a sweet sleep, dreaming of nothing related to medicine.
My ordeal started at about 11 pm. The …