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Here we go again: another all-physicians-all-the-time article from @ginakolata @nytimes, this time about the tragic El Paso shooting. "Surgeons operated." Singlehandedly? Why overlook #nurses who are college-educated science professionals who save lives? nytimes.com/2019/08/09/hea…
"Dr. Weber stabilized patients as they came in." All by herself? Do @ginakolata @nytimes really think stabilization happens without #nurses? #Nurses do surveillance looking for signs of deterioration 24/7 so they can take action, turn around declining patients and stabilize them.
"Members of the medical staff were arriving [including] four general surgeons, a cardiac vascular surgeon, three orthopedic surgeons and three surgeons... as well as the housekeeping staff" @ginakolata @nytimes That's it? This large rescue would not be possible without #nurses
"Many American trauma doctors maintain that assault-style weapons do not belong in civilian hands." Don't the views of the #nurses who provide the vast majority of care to shooting victims over days and months matter to you @ginakolata @nytimes? #Nurses are on the front lines!
“Trauma is a team sport,” Dr. Tyroch said. “Everyone played a role.” But to @ginakolata @nytimes "everyone" seems to mean only quoted physicians A, B, C, D and E, not the #nurses or #respiratorytherapists or #OT or #PT who work alongside to save patients and rehab them long term
"The critical care area of the [ED] was just steps from the operating room, allowing doctors to work so quickly that they transfused ... 109 units." Do @ginakolata @nytimes really think physicians transfuse? Only #nurses crosscheck, type match, verify, and transfuse blood
"Another victim’s heart had stopped, though she had received cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the ambulance. The doctors shocked her heart into beating and opened her chest to look for active bleeding." @ginakolata @nytimes in general, #nurses are the ones who defibrillate
"The doctors at University Medical performed eight surgeries the first day" @ginakolata @nytimes Physicians do not operate on their own. #Nurses are there to make sure #surgeons do the right operation, protect the patient if they go off track, & act if the patient destabilizes...
“We had to finish the case and get ready for the next one,” Dr. Tovar said. “...these patients are unstable.” But no curiosity by @ginakolata @nytimes about what happens to unstable patients then? #Nurses stabilize them and then keep them alive, requiring education, skill, talent
"the day after the shooting...Orthopedic surgeons took two more people into operating rooms, one of whom had a shattered pelvis." @ginakolata @nytimes Ever seen #nurses try to keep a patient with a shattered pelvis alive and stable? This is a major, intensive, touch-and-go effort
"The days ahead will not be easy for patients. They risk serious complications — pneumonia, infections, blood clots." Do @ginakolata @nytimes know who watches for these complications? #Nurses. Why not follow them at work? Talk to them? Acknowledge they exist and report on them!
It's another example of what #Woodhull2 found. Journalists use #nurses as sources in only 2% of articles. @ginakolata @nytimes please improve the situation. Ask nurses questions! Tell readers about their life-saving work! @bglickstein @djmasonrn @GwPolicy nytimes.com/2019/08/09/hea…
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