We are drowning.
“14-year-old male, gunshot wound to the chest and back, pronounced dead on arrival.”
“28-year-old female, front seat restrained passenger in motor vehicle accident, distal upper extremity fracture. The driver pronounced dead at the scene.”
I’m sitting in morning report listening to the barrage of death and tragedy again. Just 5 minutes ago, I overheard a colleague tell a patient their partner had died. I listened to the patient’s sobs through the thin curtain, her devastation without privacy. Then watched as the same colleague pivoted from breaking her heart to presenting the overnight trauma patients minutes later.
Very powerful and unsettling depiction, Dr. Halloran.
It looks like physicians are fighting these waves of trauma understaffed and underfunded. The training programs should provide more support, with more time away from the carnage, and more mental health support. They need to refocus attention on the staff rather than building ever more grandiose buildings and funding a few dozen VPs.
Halloran D. We Are Drowning. JAMA. 2022;327(18):1763–1764. doi:10.1001/jama.2022.6759
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