At both of the hospitals that I work, a Code White is a medical emergency for a child and something you never want to hear on your shift. In my career I’ve experienced 4 Code White’s, and it never gets easier and you never forget them .
Even if you don’t have children, you can’t help but feel for the child and the parents. I remember when my very first Code White rolled in. They were brought in by Paramedics: abdomen distended, blue and cold. We were able to get the patient stabilized and sent off to the nearest Children’s hospital. It’s really tough to keep your composure in such an emotional situation. I remember distinctly the parents being inside the room while we were working on the child and seeing their anger, pain and frustration. Your heart aches when you see that. The awesome thing was that we stabilized the patient, and gave the family hope that they would be able to have their child back.
Sometimes that’s all that patients and families need, is the hope that things can get better. I love my job!
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