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A Piece of My Mind
April 8, 2009

The Code

JAMA. 2009;301(14):1415-1416. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.459

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.—John Lubbock

The trauma room rarely pages me in the middle of the night. I flicked on the light and dialed. “What's up?”

“The Robinson family (not their real name) is here and they asked us to give you a call. Mr Robinson started bleeding through his tracheotomy tube just before bedtime tonight. The paramedics said he bled off-and-on at the house but then the bleeding stopped. We were getting ready to send him home when he suddenly started coughing out blood again. Do you think you could come in?”