Things don’t always go well. One night, an unconscious man is brought into the ED. His friend actually drags him into the department. He has no pulse; he’s not breathing. He is white as a sheet. We perform CPR on him, going and going until help finally arrives in the form of a GP specialist who has travelled from home. The half an hour we spend working on him seems three times longer.
Unfortunately, we don’t get him back.
Watch Dr Anselm Wong re-tell Emergency at night:
Emergency at night by Dr Anselm Wong (@AnselmWong1) appears in EMERGENCY: Real Stories from Australia’s ED Doctors, available now from Penguin Books Australia.