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By Janice Hudson

"Trauma Junkie offers us a view over the flight nurse's shoulder from liftoff till the sufferer is dropped at the sanatorium and the agonizing mins in among. those attention-grabbing precise tales are very unlikely to place down." -- James M. Betts, MD, leader of division of surgical procedure and Director of Trauma companies, kid's health center, Oakland

"An fascinating portrayal of emergency nursing." -- Library Journal

"Fast-paced nonfiction that reads like an experience story." -- university Library Journal

In Trauma Junkie, readers accompany veteran flight nurse Janice Hudson as she races based on emergency calls within the San Francisco Bay quarter. Her place of work is a cramped California surprise Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) helicopter during which clinical team of workers attempt to repair the human carnage wrought by way of shootings, injuries and normal disasters.

In this new and increased version, Hudson updates readers on how she and her colleagues have fared due to the fact that relocating directly to diversified clinical roles -- together with her personal conflict with a number of sclerosis, which finally pressured her to renounce the activity she loved.

The new Trauma Junkie additionally includes a number of formerly unpublished tales, together with a brand new addition to the lineup of "stupid human tips" Hudson witnessed and an all-new bankruptcy describing a decision regarding the main heartbreaking of sufferers: a baby who did not make it.

Hudson is a average storyteller who conveys the thrill of her days with calstar -- heroic rescues, tragic deaths and the hilarious incidents that made the stress bearable -- and the deep dedication of her workforce to maintain sufferers alive within the so much perilous situations.

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He requested, planting a chaste kiss on my cheek. “I used to be slumbering soundly, thanks, prior to you men acquired us concerned. What do you will have for us this night? ” I surveyed the fairly pasty-looking sufferer mendacity at the gurney. “Well, turns out José the following used to be having fun with an evening in town and he had an unlucky false impression with one other client. He was once stabbed, as soon as within the correct higher quadrant. It’s bleeding rather a lot. ” I reached over and lifted up the blood-soaked dressing that coated the wound. “Any bowel sticking out? ” I requested. Blood spurted from an artery and rarely ignored my face. I slapped it down rapidly. “Jeez, you weren’t kidding. That’s lovely outstanding. ” Judging from his pores and skin indicators and infrequently palpable pulse, José used to be approximately to get lots sicker if we couldn’t get him to the OR to get the bleeding managed. “José,” I yelled into our patient’s ear. “We’re going to fly you to the trauma middle, okay? the place do you damage the main? ” José peered at me via a drunken haze, attempting to concentrate on my face. “Hey, I received stabbed. My abdominal hurts. ” Having therefore cleverly confirmed that José had an intact airway and sufficient blood strain, I stepped again to get the massive photo. Our buddy was once mendacity at the stretcher, donning just a pair of boxer shorts cheerfully revealed with huge pink hearts, albeit now soaked with blood. His hair was once rigorously slicked again and combed right into a swirl. an overpowering scent of inexpensive cologne and tequila hung within the air. basically this guy was once out at the prowl this night. however the such a lot striking addition to his ensemble was once a couple of the shiniest black patent leather-based footwear I had ever visible. the following was once a guy who took his sport heavily. “Hey, José,” I acknowledged. “Those are a few nice sneakers you were given. ” His eyes lit up and he wiggled his ft as he seemed his prized possessions. “Yeah. I simply received them this day. ” one of many firefighters popped his head into the ambulance to determine what used to be taking place. “Hey you men, try out his shoes,” he stated. all people murmured that they have been certainly the superior footwear they'd ever noticeable. José beamed with delight. I headed again to the helicopter and tossed the trauma bag onto the seat. Carl used to be hunched down in his seat, punching numbers into the pc, estimating weight and stability earlier than liftoff. “So how a lot does this man weigh? ” he requested, keying up the mike. “I’d say approximately seventy five kilograms—and he’s received those relatively nice footwear. ” Carl grew to become to examine me with a wondered expression, yet had no probability to inquire extra, because the firefighters had arrived to load the patient—complete with these glossy footwear protruding from below the silver Thermadrape. (The Thermadrape is there to maintain the sufferer hot, however it additionally retains him from bleeding all around the ground of the helicopter, that may brief out the wiring and is a large number to scrub up. ) Carl keyed up the intercom and agreed that José was once carrying a few beautiful effective shoes. Our flight time to John Muir used to be approximately 8 mins, in which we have been busy putting extra large-bore IVs and offering fluids.

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