I just remembered this experience today, and couldn’t believe I hadn’t written about it yet. At least, I couldn’t find it in my archives (but what’s new?) So here it is…
During my intern year of Family Medicine residency, I was doing an inpatient Medicine rotation. When on-call, the intern would carry a "Code Blue" pager and be expected to respond to any life-threatening emergencies in the small hospital — not just for “our” Medicine patients, but for patients in the surgical and rehab units as well. Of all the difficulties and stresses of being on-call, that pager was the part I dreaded the most. It made me nauseated, just imagining the responsibility of “running a code” as the most senior doctor present until the on-call attending or senior resident could arrive.
I’d lucked out so far, only having a couple “simple” Code Blues where either the patient was not truly critical, or where the attending or senior resident were already present. But not this night.
This category of posts explores the experiences which have made me who I am, and also some of the things that happen out-of-sight from my Urgent Care patients.