A&E department, a place where drives any posted doctor’s adrenaline to rush profusely. Oh yes, indeed it is one of the department which demands enuf acumen from the doctor who will be posted there. Just got to knoe tat, up til last year, all this while there’s only 2 weeks of houseman posting in our hospital settings, which rest in covered at least Medical Officers. Btw, it changed to 4 months currently started last 2007, thanx much to our former health minister.
I was lucky enough to be there when one of the rare cases was brought in the RED Resuscitate room. It is an emergency. In fact, my consultant today described it as a ‘scary experience’. Lucky x fortunate me = equals to lucky power 2, i was able to participate as one of the rescue team member. Of course, i was the ka le fe, but being there to help out n observe is jus more than enough for MS(tat’s how a Medical Student is called in UMMC generally, got a title one k) It is a case of sudden collapse of a G3P2 mother , full term baby. She was poorly booked earlier on, n caught all the medical personnels in dubious. Sudden collapse of a pregnant mother, and a full term baby..wat’s more terrified other than Eclampsia fits in world’s of O n G? Indeed BP was 182/120 mmHg and jumped to 212/160mmHg highest!, and frothy urine in the urine catheter bag, and frothy saliva drooling out. Though she hasn’t develope any tonic clonic seizures, but she was being managed fully with diagnosis of Eclampsia fits.
Being in A&E, such case is rare when we are looking at 2 lives at once, and there’s limited survival rate for both. Such case need extra management rather than the typical primary survey, and secondary survey which are the usual protocol in A&E settings. The consultant head had to be called down, n when he is being called, tat means no more small business. His first expression when i saw him, he was scracthing his head. Just a split second there he was yelling n managed the whole havoc in exemplery style. I wud have jus to salute each n every of the medical personnels ranging from the consultantss, MOs, nurses and even MS. Everyone was putting their whole effort into this situation. Multidisciplinary approach, yes the magical word for any emergencies in hospital. O n G specialist and paediatrician was called to the site, but they were late. Here is when u can see the pros brain-storming among each other to save these 2 lives. I cud actually see the O n G specialist fumble and lost his touch for first few minutes upon his arrival. Only then his sidekick arrived boosting up his confidence.
Eventually, we pushed her to the OT room wit 7 ppl. hehe. Such a big group tat i’ve seen to push a bed. Me too being busybody me, hastened into the OT to observe. Baby was delivered no doubt by caeserian section, resuscitated and was well perfused. Mom on the other hand was fine and under general anesthetic. All are in good shape. A&E personnels were all delighted when they were informed that both lives are saved. Me too, was happie to hear tat. Baby’s really chubby, too bad cannot cubit.
Well, at times…doctors really do miracle. Being doctors are jus not doing mistakes n mistakes like others had tot bout. This incident does really keeps my dreams going, as a life-saver.