Tale of the unexpected

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 14 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:379
  1. Elizabeth Ingall, foundation year 1 trainee, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge
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    “Hello again, sir. How’s your breathing now then?” I cheerily boom, pulling back the blue curtain. But he is not breathing at all. I am stunned, quite stunned. I have to force back every inclination to urge him to put the oxygen mask back on, to restart the nitrate infusion, or to call in the nurses …

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