Oh, nurse please

There is a phrase in medicine stating that “behind every good doctor is a great nurse”. This phrase rang true today.

My interpreter called stating that a child in neonatology was very ill. The nurse had to run to the pharmacy and was not available.

When I arrived, I found a febrile, tachycardic (high heart rate), hypoxic (low oxygen level), sick appearing infant with seizures. Under normal circumstances I would monitor the patient and start giving orders:

“Start oxygen, get an IV, check a glucose level, give medicine, give fluids, draw labs”.

This was not a normal situation, though. I had to do everything myself.

I started the oxygen easily but there were no IV catheters, the glucometer was missing and we were out of medicine. The only thing I could do was place the child on a monitor, ensure he was not dying and call for back-up.

Soon after, the nursing team arrived and I was able to step back into my normal role.

Within minutes the nurses procured all of the needed supplies and we stabilized the patient.

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One Response to “Oh, nurse please”

  1. Francisco Acosta Says:

    Great team…Happy Thanksgiving Chris!!

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