Do you agree with our choice for this month’s hero and villain?
This year we are kicking off a new slightly tongue-in-cheek section called Heroes and Villains.
Heroes and Villains
Each month, we will be taking a generally light-hearted look at who have been the stand-out “goodies” and the “baddies” for nursing and healthcare over the last few weeks.
Let us know if you agree with our choices for May and if you have any suggestions for next month (without being unnecessarily rude, please).
Nurse resuscitates heart patient at London football match
A nurse educator and specialist in resuscitation had to use his expertise and experience for real on Good Friday in front of 12,000 football supporters. Ken Spearpoint gave life-saving resuscitation for nearly half an hour followed by further care in the “challenging environment” of a League One football match between Millwall and Northampton Town. He is part of the club’s match-day medical service and was called upon to help when a season ticket holder collapsed with a suspected heart attack during the second half. He said: “The game going on behind us, the noise of the crowd and the tragic circumstances of the incident provided a significant challenge in the provision of medical care. It required me to draw on all my years of experience.”
Who are our heroes and villains for May?
The normally affable comedian ran into a storm of criticism from nurses, doctors and other health commentators on Twitter after launching a tirade himself against a nursing initiative seemingly in the style of his former Peep Show character Mark Corrigan. In a newspaper column titled “Get out of bed!”, he sounded off about the PJ Paralysis scheme that encourages patients to get dressed into their own clothes as early as possible, instead of using gowns, while in hospital. Missing the point somewhat, Mr Mitchell described the scheme as “suspicious” and linked it to freeing up beds to save money, rather than its accepted aims as a way of enhancing dignity, providing a sense of normality and encouraging independence. You are wrong on this occasion Mr Mitchell.