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Reawakening the Protectors

Published:February 15, 2023DOI:
      I began the long walk over to the extra airborne isolation room in the far corner of the emergency department (ED). This part of the department was now under the supervision of inpatient providers caring for boarding Intensive Care Unit patients transported from all over the state, from hospitals without staff or equipment to care for critically ill children. These were the ‘stably unstable’ patients. My focus for the shift was supposed to be the unstable children flooding the lobby and critical care rooms in the main side of the ED at an unsustainable rate. Despite this, I dutifully walked over to the new patient roomed in the far corner of the department.
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