Sirens in the night

Siren’s in the night

heart not beating 

breaths not taken 

lips tinged blue 

stay on the line 

help is on the way 

paramedics enter 

relatives weeping

vital signs taken

CPR commenced

charge defibrillator 320

Stand clear

flatline creeping

charge defibrillator 360

stand clear

sinus rhythm beating

IV fluids given

oxygen mask attached

blue lips pinking

relatives reassured

transport patient 

monitor beeping 

flatline creeping

charge defibrillator 360

stand clear

sinus rhythm beating

cardiologist consulted 

open heart surgery needed

restock ambulance

paramedics dispatched 

new patient

Sirens in the night.

Andrew Ballard 

2020

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