Saturday, July 08, 2006

Triage Tales 20

Disclaimer: The following story is a work of fiction. All similarities to people, places, things and events are coincidental by nature.

A 30-odd male with a gunshot wound in his head, intubated, and GCS 3 was hypotensive. The main service was busy so they asked a resident who was technically not supposed to be there to do the intervention.

In this era of medico-legal maneuverings and malpractice suits, the resident dutifully started Dopamine on maximum dose and made his notes, carefully noting that he was asked by two other residents to do the intervention in behalf of another resident. He also asked the nurses to properly inform the service concerned. Then he leaves the ER because, again, he was technically not supposed to be there.

What about the other residents who saw the patient first? That is a mystery that is yet to be solved.

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