Oh my gosh, they did such a horrible job of it!!!!!!!!!
Abby delivered at something like 28-30 weeks - she abrupted after falling down while gunshots were going off in the ER. First of all, they're doing a C-section on her and she appears to have the head of bed elevated to 30 degrees or so during the operation. Then after they take the baby and start CPR on him, she starts bleeding out. She's getting all kinds of blood products pushed in, and the OB is practically chatting with her about whether or not they should do a hysterectomy. She's TOTALLY conscious as she's bleeding out, and the head of bed is STILL elevated! She ends up losing her uterus.
Then the baby is in the NICU. Pretty normal stuff. Sounds like he had a PDA with some PPHN mixed in - when normally preemies don't shunt that badly. They get Abby to agree to an experimental drug to help with the shunting. Two weeks later, the baby is all better and they declare him a "feeder grower" but he was still probably only 30-32 weeks at this point. He ends up with a bowel perforation. They didn't say NEC - they said spontaneous perf probably caused by the experimental med. (Makes sense since Indocin can cause perfs, too.) Instead of placing a drain to decompress, they rush him - like immediately - to the OR to remove the "diseased" tissue. Um...with a spontaneous perf, there's usually not too much diseased tissue like with overwhelming NEC. We often just put in a penrose drain to decompress, do antibiotics, and let the bowel rest for a few weeks like that. So they have him in the OR and he starts coding. They leave the scene with him getting epi and stuff, so you don't know what happens. Then suddenly it's two weeks later - yes, two weeks - and not only did the baby survive, but he's suddenly newborn-sized and AT HOME! Okay, he'd only be 32-34 weeks at the time, plus after a perforation there is no way he'd even be on full feeds by then! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!
Other annoying things...
When Sally Field was at the bedside knitting, the baby's desat alarm kept going off. No one answered the alarm! She had to make a nurse come over, who kept silencing the alarm saying it wasn't picking up, blah blah blah. Well, very soon after they're intubating him and taking him to the OR. Made us NICU nurses look stupid.
During the baby's surgery, not only was Luka allowed in the OR with his son, but Abby and her MOTHER were watching from the observation room! Since when can family members WATCH their baby get surgery, especially non-medical folks???
They had a breastfeeding seminar for the moms and expected them to all start pumping in the conference room together, like some big happy play group! The nurse seemed annoyed that Abby wanted privacy and kind of huffed about getting her a screen to pump behind. Weird.
They had the same "smart pumps" like many of us are using now. Yet they had no syringes loaded into them, instead had IV bags hanging over the pumps. Plus they looked like they were all alarming and blinking!
Overall, I'm glad the baby was okay, but they really screwed up bigtime. As usual, with ER. They need to hire specialists when they do things other than trauma - the nurses and docs that consult for the show obviously don't spend much time in the NICU.