Saturday, July 14, 2007

Vital Organs

When I showed up for a recent shift in the ER there was a neatly-sealed box sitting on one of the desks labelled "Dr. ____, HEART." Guess what was in it?

Just before I arrived a trauma victim had been there who had also been an organ donor. Time is of the essence with donated organs, and the box was waiting for a designated transport person. As I stood there I heard one of the senior nurses tell the other personnel that there was also a set of donor lungs in special storage in another room and to be sure to let the transporter know about them.

About five minutes later the transporter arrived, got his instructions, collected the box, and filled out the paperwork. As he turned to go somebody shouted a reminder: "Don't forget your lungs!"



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