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64. Accidental Deaths

As an ICU nurse, I’ve seen the decisions of some doctors result in death. Families oftentimes don’t know, but it happens more than you’d think.

It usually happens on very sick patients that ultimately would have died within six months or so anyway, though. Procedurally wise, I have seen a physician kill a patient by puncturing their heart while placing a pleural chest tube.

It was basically a freak thing as, apparently, the patient had recently had cardiothoracic surgery, and the heart adhered within the cavity at an odd position.

I’ll never forget the look on his face when he came to the realization of what had happened. You rarely see people accidentally kill someone in such a direct way. Heartbreaking.



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