Switzerland 2018. Paramedics at work in Lugano

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Switzerland. Canton Ticino. Breganzona. A senior woman is lying down on her bed. The elderly woman is suffering from a pneumonia and severe respiratory problems. She needs to be brought to hospital for medical examinations. The emergency doctor Daniele Speciale (L) is working with three paramedics. They all work for the Croce Verde Lugano. They wear blue uniforms and medical gloves. The man (R) and the woman (center left) are professional certified nurses, the other woman (center right) is a volunteer specifically trained in emergency rescue. The doctor needs to intubate the patient in order to improve her oxygen flow. Tracheal intubation, usually simply referred to as intubation, is the placement of a flexible plastic tube into the trachea (windpipe) to maintain an open airway and is frequently performed in critically injured, ill, or anesthetized patients to facilitate ventilation of the lungs, including mechanical ventilation, and to prevent the possibility of asphyxiation or airway obstruction. A monitor is laid on the bed and controls the patient’s vital functions, such as electrocardiogram, blood pressure’s measurement, respiratory rate and pulse oximetry (oxygen saturation). On the woman's arm, an intravenous infusion with saline solution will be fixed. The Croce Verde Lugano is a private organization which ensure health safety by addressing different emergencies services and rescue services. Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity where an individual provides services for no financial or social gain to benefit another person, group or organization. Volunteering is also renowned for skill development and is often intended to promote goodness or to improve human quality of life. Medical gloves are made of different polymers including latex, nitrile rubber, polyvinyl chloride and neoprene. Pneumonia is an inflammatory condition of the lung. Breganzona is a quarter of the city of Lugano.13.01.2018 © 2018 Didier Ruef