Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Few Times We Succeed

I don't remember who it was (ERP, maybe?) who linked over to Monkeygirl at Musings of a Highly Trained Monkey.

It is a very nice post about one of the few times that codes end right.  Any ER employee will tell you that most of the time, when we start a full-blown code, we go into it knowing that the person will likely not survive, and if they do, they will not make it through their hospital stay, and if they do, they will be a vegetable.  But we have to try.  It seems a fitting way to end the year to celebrate one of the successes.  As she concludes: "that, my friends, is why we do what we do."

1 comment:

Jessica said...

I work on a pediatric unit, and man... bad codes there haunt you until your dying day (at least that's what I assume, since I haven't had a dying day yet...)But when you can pull a baby or a kid out of it, man, you just realize you couldn't be anywhere else, even though it's so sad and hard sometimes.