The double doors to the emergency room slam open. A pair of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) wheel in a young man on a gurney.
“Eighteen-year-old male named John, involved in head-on collision. Brief loss of consciousness. He complains of chest and abdominal pain.”
Dr. Anthony Youn reminds us that excellent medical care requires teamwork:
A phlebotomist draws blood from one of his arms to send to the laboratory for analysis. A respiratory therapist applies an oxygen mask and monitors his breathing.
Standing at the periphery, a social worker rifles through John’s wallet to collect contact information for his family. The head trauma surgeon, Dr. Kim, the physician’s assistant (PA) and I evaluate him for injuries.
Read Dr. Youn’s article from CNN.com here.