A memorable patient: Ward cleaner's clinical observation

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 20 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:g
  1. V M Sethukumar, consultant in accident and emergency
  1. King's Lynn

It was a busy evening in the casualty department in India, where I was the medical student shadowing a senior doctor.

We were interrupted by the domestic cleaner, who ran up to us asking us to see a patient on the trolley rather urgently. Not waiting for an answer she took the senior doctor by the hand across the room to the patient. …

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