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A C-Booth Tale……

At 3 AM a man presented to C-Booth (the critical care section of the Emergency Department) vomiting massive amounts of blood and nearly choking to death.  He was going downhill fast, and needed to be intubated (placing a breathing tube).  The intubation was not going well, and his blood-oxygen levels were dropping as repeated attempts [...]

Martin Luther King Hospital, Los Angeles, CA The Truth, The Lies and The Myth

Seeing Martin Luther King Hospital close kind of reminded me of the Wizard of Oz, or perhaps more accurately the hit musical ‘Wicked’. it seems like everywhere you turned the closure was celebrated as a triumph for good, and the downfall of evil. You could almost hear Los Angeles Times staff members chanting [...]

Can’t we all just get along?

Today I was lucky enough to have have a short daytime shift that was steady but not overly busy. It was actually quite perfect. Only one test had been inexplicably delayed by hours, and the patients were pleasant with medical complaints that made sense. I only had one patient with a small [...]

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