Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Monday Mornings: Military Medicine, Mix-Ups, Mistakes

I can't remember if I knew if the hospital was in Portland, Oregon, but that's interesting. Not as interesting as the remote medicine found in "One Fine Day," but still different. I found that episode significantly better than the one that followed it, "Truth or Consequence." In the first, we saw three very dangerous cases, and I'm glad it wasn't a happily-ever-after for all, as that would have been implausible. I also found the final scene in that episode very telling... Napur looking at Wilson looking at Ridgeway looking at baby Chloe. Obviously, that choice was made so viewers could learn Ridgeway's desire to be a mother, and the timing couldn't be worse - just after she's served with divorce papers. The second episode made me almost wish I had stopped watching this show again... I didn't care about Delaney - we had hardly met him. We all know Park needs to work on his bedside manner, but the "English lessons" on the computer were annoying. The jumper-turned-victim was fairly intriguing, but I felt that particular storyline was dragged out. Also, although I found the non-medical stuff with the deposition to be different, I don't want to watch a segment about it every single episode until it's resolved. How is everyone else feeling about this series?

Monday Mornings "One Fine Day" (S01E07): Wilson and Ridgeway were being intimate when his computer goes off and they have to help a field medic in Afghanistan who has very little to work with. [fascinating! I didn't realize military doctors consulted like this!] See, Wilson freelances some military medicine, thanks to robotic technology, among other things. The situation is serious and Wilson must walk the twenty-year-old medic through a craniotomy. [I had a rough time looking at all those holes!] Wilson is called into the M&M over his robot, and Hooten questions whether dating a colleague would compromise a doctor's work. He also gets into trouble for not following up - but the patient is doing fine.
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Napur sees a ten-week-old infant who constantly laughs, and it turns out to be a brain tumor that was causing seizures. [awwww!] Operating is very risky on a child this young, but they can't wait because it could be affecting development. As soon as Wilson gets into the hospital, he's put on this operation, which is successful and little Chloe will only need to stay a few days in the hospital as a precaution.

[and, if the first two made it, you know this guy won't...] A 32-year-old man has a ruptured artery that caused a severe stroke. Park says that surgery would be a long shot, and the guy's husband and sister argue over what he would have wanted. The husband doesn't want him to suffer, but the sister thinks that they should give him every chance to fight to live. [it's a hard call!] Same-sex marriages are not recognized across state lines, so the sister has the final say. The hospital needs to minimize liability if the "losing" party decides to sue, and Hooten decides in the end to operate. But, mid-way through the procedure, Park decides he won't continue, as it would be futile. He's called into the M&M, and basically just told to read more pamphlets from Risk Management. [ha!]

Monday Mornings "Truth or Consequence" (S01E08): Starting in an M&M where a patient died after initially just having scar tissue on her ear because of a small dog bite. The patient received a lethal dose of pure epinephrine due a mix-up. However, although it was the fault of a nurse, all negligence falls to the surgeon (Delaney) in the OR. Hooten fires the guy, but Buck and Robidaux question that choice.

A patient comes in, impaled by a tree he fell on from a roof. He suffers severe injuries, and some of the doctors don't have good things to say about trying to save a guy who has no will to live. Similarly, a religious man does not want his wife's organs to be put into a guy who sinned so greatly. Before organs are transplanted into him, however, he writes that he didn't jump - he was pushed! [wow.] By his deadbeat dad! Buck becomes determined to save the kid, but he, Napur, and Villanueva end up in an M&M because they tried much harder after they found out the guy was a college graduate who was almost killed then when they thought he was a homeless bum committing suicide. [I thought this was a very moving segment, actually.]

Also, Wilson goes through a deposition for committing adultery with Ridgeway. It's intense, and it turns out that Ridgeway's husband's lawyer is going after the hospital for not stopping interpersonal relationships between married staff. [whoa. this could get interesting!]
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