Monday, April 12, 2010

Cold and Dead

As the saying goes, you're not dead until you're warm and dead. Hence, the hour and a half mega-code last night, as the trauma team employed all its tricks while attempting to re-warm the victim of a boating accident.

Warm fluids through peripheral lines. Warm fluids through a central line. Warm fluids through bladder irrigation. Even (my first time seeing this), warm fluids pumped through an anterior chest tube to be drained by a posterior chest tube. With the patient's core temp continuing to drop (turns out he really was cold and dead), the surgeons brought him up to the OR for bypass, but without success. Despite our best efforts, he'd been down for too long before being rescued, and didn't make it.

On a related note, performing chest compressions for 1.5 hours (even with lots of people cycling in and out) is tough exercise!

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