Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler, Part Two

Below was a couple of days ago.  Yesterday was a sane day of no patients, a day of peace, lassitude, calm; a day of wasting time on the net, gossiping, taking extended “executive” breaks, reading People magazine and doing coffee runs; towards 1800 a sort of irreversible sleepiness sets in, we nod off over our sudoku puzzles and all eyes watch the clock move slowly, inexorably in the direction of 1900 —

And then at 1843 the EMS patch, “VSA*, 62 year-old, 5 minutes out” —

And it’s like nearly pitching the perfect game, only to get charged a home run on the last ball in the bottom of the ninth.


*See Glossary.


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  1. #1 by nurseXY on Sunday 02 May 2010 - 0013

    Someone, somewhere in your department said, (and I quote), “So awesome when we have a slow night!”

    • #2 by torontoemerg on Tuesday 04 May 2010 - 1209

      yes, and they were beaten with a defibrillator paddle.

  2. #3 by nurseXY on Sunday 02 May 2010 - 0014

    PS: LMAO @ “Asystole is just a very slow bradycardia”

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