Err on the Side of the Patient

November 6, 2014 3:32 PM

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Err on the Side of the Patient

I was almost run over by a gurney being pushed by a fast-moving Emergency Medical Technician. He thrust the patient's chart at me. "Doc, you'll want to check this lady out quick. She's not looking good."

The first thing I noticed was the color of her skin. Its greyish green hue signaled death's approach. She had a nasal trumpet stuffed in her tiny nose and the quietest gurgle rattled around deep inside the tube. The only movement I could discern was a flaring of the tube-filled nostril, as if she we...

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