My wife came home Sunday morning after a rough night, commenting about how her patient on a balloon pump had passed away. Apparently this patient was brought in with an acute MI, had been stented, and was not placed on any pharmocotherapy post-catheterization. She reasoned that the cause of the arrest may have been kidney failure or re-occlusion of the stents.

“So yeah, no meds afterwards, and he passed away.”
“And you think he re-occluded?” I replied, she seemed pretty upset by all this.
“Well, either that, or kidney failure from all the IVP dye. His urine output was almost nothing.”
“And he came in by EMS?”
She shrugged. “I think so.”
“How are we supposed to get a lifesaving medal if you guys discharge them in a body bag?”

I earned a bruise on my deltoid.


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Russell Stine is a firefighter/paramedic in a large urban system. He has been employed for 6 years as a street level provider and has delivered care as an EMT and a paramedic across the urban, suburban, and rural settings. He has been in emergency services for 15 years.


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