Alicia von Stamwitz: … Instead, he takes a small step back from the gurney and asks, “Does your father have a living will?” I freeze. No emergency room doctor has asked me this before. I answer, evenly, yes. “Do you have durable power of attorney?” Yes…
If you are new to intensiveland and find yourself bamboozled by all the numbers, indices and machines that go ping. There is only one reference you need turn to… Titled “Alice in intensiveland. Being an essay on nonsense and common sense in the ICU, after the manner of Lewis Carroll.”
18 year old man day 7 in ICU after jumping from a building. Tracheostomy performed the day before. Acute respiratory distress with inability to pass a suction catheter through the tracheostomy tube.
New to Life in the Fast Lane is a collection of ‘Mind Maps’ encompassing the entire curriculum for the Fellowship examination of the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.
The sun is making more frequent cameos in our part of the world, suggesting summer may be on its way. Another, but less obvious, indicator of the change in seasons is the gradual decline in patients with swine flu (H1N1 09 influenza) needing treatment in our intensive care units. The last ‘Life in the Fast […]