Robert C. Lusk, MD
Lusk RC. The Healing Touch. Ann Intern Med. 1997;127:486. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-127-6-199709150-00012
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1997;127(6):486.
Seven a.m. and the board's empty! You guys must have had a quiet night.”
The sleepy intern nodded, “It was okay for me, but Tom was busy. He's still in the crash room.”
My spirits sank. Mondays in the emergency department are never easy, and starting one with a train wreck was not a good omen. I entered the crash room and reached for the chart, but Tom held it back. “You don't want to see that yet. It isn't pretty. Let's talk outside while you finish your coffee.”
“Nineteen-year-old male found down … Damn, the syringe was still in his vein! Intubated and transported in full arrest … We got him back … well, briefly. Triple pressors and still his systolic is only 60. He began to bleed from all his lines around 6:00 a.m., and the DIC screen is positive. It's not going to happen, man … and you have no unit beds, again! He won't last long. I'll hang out and see this through if you want.”
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