There are many ways, and many places to fall. For some reason however, fallers often manage to find the MOST awkward of them. I have had patients fall behind toilets, in shop windows, half-in and half-out of truck cabs.
They have fallen on ice, tripped over street furniture, even the apocryphal slipped on a banana skin. With the vast majority of these fallers, whatever their injuries, and sometimes after a little bit of thinking, it's been possible to get to them, treat them, help them up. Transport them if necessary.
What was I supposed to do, however, with the man who fell down a flight of stairs and landed, unconscious, pinned against the front door? The family were trapped inside, having been told, quite rightly, by control not to move him. I was trapped outside.
There was a flight of stairs 3 feet from the front door, the patient had his legs up the first couple of steps - so no room for manoeuvre there. Ground floor windows were only of the very small version, able to fit an underweight supermodel at best. The only part of me that's that thin, is my hairline...
So what would you do?