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When I was a medical student, I remember a junior doctor telling me that he often made spot diagnoses of people in the street. He just couldn't switch off from doctor mode.
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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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