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Doctor Asked For A "Kind" Nurse

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OMG......I take it back. This is gut wrenching too...:o

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I've watched people slowly (over days) bleed to death. Very sad.

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Today has been very, very difficult. I had to go back to my office and cry, pull myself together and come back to work on the other patients in the unit. I can't interact with the family anymore, and my social worker is picking up the interactions so I can work on the insurance aspect.

The patient is getting progressively short of breath, anxious, tearful.

The attending is detaching and having a hard time with his anger.

The other specialist confided that she is "this close" to embarrassing herself. I had to commend her because she is handling this case SO well out of all the other docs. But, she is human and is a mother also.

The crash cart has been moved near the room. :o :crying2:

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KRVRN is a BSN, RN and specializes in NICU.

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Aww. So sorry Vegas that must be so hard.

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What about that "artificial blood" that's starting to be used? It's called H-B-O-C, for hemoglobin-based oxygen carrier - the generic term for Hemopure. It's made by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based pharmaceutical firm Biopure. It is used extensively in South Africa, where HIV contamination is a major problem. It is available here, but experimentally. I believe that it is approved for JW patients, although I may be mistaken. But it could be worth looking into, and soon.

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Unfortunately I can't give the total picture of this patient and have to leave out some key points since this is a public site. But the HBOC is not an option.

I apologize for not being able to give more info, there is a lot more to this case (so very sad) I wish I could share - I could really use some input, but.....

House legal, nurse ethicist, attending doc are now here. A lot going on.

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Don't forget to hit the cyber bar on the way home...you'll need it.

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Vegas: I'm thinking about you; let me know if I can help.

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As to why he was brought to the hospital, alternative treatment modalities which did not violate their beliefs, and comfort measures for a loved one. Da!!!

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Wow, Vegas what a horrible predicament for everybody.

Supportive thoughts are being sent your way.

Keep up your good work.

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Update: Got the approval for air ambulance and transfer to the special facility.

Don't know if/when we can transfer, patient is too unstable today and the accepting physician can't take the patient until the blood counts are at a certain level (?), but, at least we're ready if something turns around.

Going to the cyber bar for awhile. Thanks, everyone.

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