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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Follow Up

One of the frustrating things about working in emergency nursing/medicine is the difficulty in following up with patient outcomes.

We get people in sometimes who get stabilizing treatment, then air lifted or driven to another hospital with services that we don't have, like neurology or level 1 trauma.

Unfortunately, we don't always get to find out what happens to those folks.  One of the amazing things about being in the medical field is being able to make a difference in life or death situations.  The really critical trauma patients that we transfer disappear sometimes into the vast space that is the hospital system and we never know anything about them again.

I often wonder about some of these patients.  In my mind, they've recovered thanks to the excellent care they've received and are living their lives to the fullest.

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