Just after I arrived this morning, the security guard approached me and said “This child is very sick. You need to see him now.”
As I looked down, it was obvious the child was very ill. Then, as I examined him, he took his last breath and his heart stopped. He was dead.
I knew resuscitating him was futile, but I still yelled, “We have a very sick child. I need your help!”
Without hesitation, three nurses and a resident doctor rushed to the bedside. One nurse started chest compressions and the doctor started breathing for the child. Another nurse quickly got an IV started and the last nurse prepared medications. It was a beautifully run code.
They continued to try to save the child’s life for approximately 15 minutes. Unfortunately, he did not respond and so they stopped to allow his family to hold him.
I was flabbergasted with the resuscitation! One year ago, I would have been lucky to get one nurse to casually walk over and provide assistance. Today, they worked like a well-oiled machine.
They did not save this child’s life, but there will be a time very soon when they do.