Read the following blog entry taken from the Agraphia blog:


The Emergency Department was absolute bedlam. In the space of a few hours multiple trauma codes, medical resuscitations, and psychotic patients were brought through our doors. One patient literally bled pints of blood onto the floor before we got her to the ICU, almost exsanguinating in just a few minutes.

One of the drunks tried sprinting through the doors until security restrained him. He was surprisingly articulate in his verbal abuse for a guy with an alcohol level of 450.

People were being pushed around on gurneys and stashed into the hallway simply to make room once they had been stabilized. The level of chaos was audible in the noise of the department. Everyone was working with a purpose.

Walking by, I overheard a woman say to her boyfriend «Wow, this is like that show ER!»

I wheeled around and smiled a bit.

«Ma’am, this is ER.»

Now go through the notes page:


To work on the material some more, find answers to the following questions:

  1. What happens if a code blue is called?
  2. In which situation you wouldn’t perform resuscitation on a coding patient? What is a DNR?
  3. How many pints of blood does an average person have? How can you estimate how severe a patient’s blood loss is without a CBC?

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