Monday, September 15, 2008

On Watching Death

Upon entering the ward, I saw a whole clump of student crowding around the aisle. I walked over and saw a life and death moment.

1 of the 3 medical officers was pressing on something repeatedly. Fast. A while later, he woke up, and another doctor repeat what he was doing. The doctor was again replaced by the third doctor.
I saw a nurse pressing air into the mouth using some air pump. Whatever you call that thing.

CPR.

5 minutes. It didn't seem as if there was any progress. More and more students crowded around. The whole procedure was done on the aisle, blocking the pathway to the other end of the ward. Patients also came around and watched the 3 doctors working their arses off rescuing that pateint.

I didn't know what happened in the end. My friend said they'll do the CPR for 30 minutes. If there's nothing coming from it, they'll call "the time of death". I don't know how true it is. But I did learn about the 30 minutes and that's it. Are they going to use the defibrillator thingy?

Like I said, I don't know how the result turn out in the end. But my colleague said, normally when there's a CPR involved, the prognosis will always be dim.

Sigh.

I picked up from the series "Scrubs" the other day, "We have to stop blaming ourselves for the death of our patients. There's nothing that can be turned back."

2 Jujus:

TZ said...

Dude, I salute the hardship that all doc have to go through... anyway, all of you have tried your best.

BTW, Scrub is my favor sitcom... I like JD in the Scrub... especially he and the janitor :-p

Ah-Bong said...

thanks tz.