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Paul Rousseau, MD
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Editor’s Note:The author writes, “As a physician with 35 years of experience, I have seen resuscitation performed countless times, and the best I can describe it is ‘organized chaos.’ This poem came from one of those resuscitations.”

Winston Salem, NC


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2017;151(6):1394. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.10.051
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    “Oh God, someone help. My husband…”
    “Code Blue, room nine.”
    “He's in here. Hurry, hurry. Please help him.”
    “Get her out of here.”
    “Someone start compressions. You, get over here, push on his chest.”
    “Where's the epi? Get me some epi.”
    “V. tach, wait…he’s going into v. fib…shock him. Everybody clear.”
    “Diagnosis?”
    “Leukemia, pancytopenic. MI three days ago.”
    “Who’s his doc?”
    “Jones, we’ve paged him.”
    “Stop compressions. We got a rhythm. He have a pulse?”
    “No pulse.”
    “Start compressions again. Get the ET tube in. The vent here yet?”
    “I can’t see…damn it, I can’t see his cords.”
    “Call anesthesia, we need a tube in…now!”
    “Keep the compressions going. You tired? She’s tired, someone relieve her.”
    “Come on, get anesthesia here, we need an airway.”
    “Doctor, there’s a…”
    “Where the hell is anesthesia?”
    “V. fib again. Stand clear.”
    “…red sticker!”
    “Oh damn! He’s DNR?”


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