The emergency room will always have a special place in my heart.
Regardless of anything I have personally experienced, it is well know that the ED is its own entity; its own unique branch of medicine that is nothing like the other areas of the hospital.
We see people at their very worse, sometimes grasping by straws for a chance at survival, and others, aren’t as patient with the wait time. There are sprains, strains, fractures, and lacerations all day, critically ill stroke codes, STEMIs, and traumas all night – well, not necessarily in that order. The department doesn’t sleep and any emergency personnel can tell you a plethora of stories that you might think are too bizarre to be true, but trust us, they are not!
This is best illustrated in the story by Dr. Paul Austin in Something For the Pain: Compassion & Burnout in the ER.
With my continuing experience in the emergency department, I enjoyed reading the struggles and triumphs Dr. Austin faces as an attending emergency medicine physician.
Dr. Austin discusses specific cases he has faced throughout his career and training, but not only that, he talks about how these patients and their stories affect him as a person and his family overall.
Having a career in emergency medicine is a high-stress at high stakes career. Dr. Austin describes how this career nearly ruined his family. It is a reminder that medicine is a rewarding, yet demanding career that proves that if you do not feel that you are taking care of yourself, you will not be best-fit to take care of others in what may be their most desperate times of need.
Read this one to gain insight into life from the trauma bay, the stories on night shift, the forbidden “S” and “Q” words in the emergency department, and the selfless side of medicine that the doctor taking care of you faces each night they try and sleep.
Dr. Austin’s website describes his book more and will give you a preview of his second book.
Find it on Amazon for about $10.
Happy reading, as always!