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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Working in a Clinic

I had my first experience with a code blue today.

For those of you who watch ER, you know that's a bad thing. That means a patient is unresponsive. This happened right across the hall from my office and it was a whirlwind. I couldn't do anything, but I stood in the hall ready to help if someone asked. I'm glad no one did. There were plenty of doctors and nurses around. 911 was called, so the paramedics came and transported the patient to a hospital. My initial thought is that the patient had a bad reaction to the injection for the CT scan. That's what most of the codes are. But it's never been blue. Green, yes. Green means the patient is feeling woozy or nauseous, but they're conscious. Blue is bad. Blue is chest compressions and breaking out the defibrillator.

Blue is freaky. You think, "They just came in to have a CT scan. I saw them in the waiting room." The patient was alert and trying to talk when they left here. I'm hoping that's a good sign.

I'm not sure how I feel about working in a clinic now.....


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