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‘I want you to come with me,’ he said as he led me down the corridor to the crime scene. ‘I need to show you something.’ And then he added the ominous line: ‘for your education.’
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I can still remember the names and faces of all the patients that I have cared for who have died. I can no longer count them on two hands, but I can still remember them. I can remember the way they spoke to us on the ward round, the way they put on a brave face for their visitors and the emptiness of their eyes when I certified them. Does it ever get any easier?
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In the hospital where I work PARRT stands for the Patient At Risk and Resuscitation Team. They are a team of experienced ICU nurses who run a 24 hour a day, 365 days of the year outreach service, patrolling the medical and surgical wards for patients who, as their name intimates, are at risk of dying.
The first time I was called about the patient, she was nowhere to be found. It wasn’t that she had gone to the toilet, or to x-ray, or off to the front door for a smoke.
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