A Tale of Marriage, Medicine and Murder


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Chapter 3: Chapter Three
"...Penny breathed disinfectant-laced air as she surveyed her home-away-from-home, which appeared smaller than it actually was because of its flowery wallpaper. The room contained eight beds separated by green curtains and arranged around a central desk, above which monitor screens traced the electrical activity of CCU patients’ hearts as well as those of the telemetry patients on South Hall. At the back of the Unit, a locked door, which opened to the ambulance loading zone, was used as an entrance by doctors, each of whom had a ..."
"... Eager as babysitters to relinquish their charges when the parents return, two night nurses gave Report on the five in CCU and the six on telemetry, patients they had monitored since 7 p.m. yesterday. Leaving the cramped cubicle, the tired nurses hurried out the door, headed for home and bed. ..."
"... tired nurses hurried out the door, headed for home and bed. Penny stepped to the desk to make sure the alarm on each monitor was activated. “It would be nice if we had a tech to watch the screens and take care of desk work.” “We’ll do all right as long as those alarms stay on,” ..."
"...“I’m sorry.” Penny apologized and signaled Maureen for help, observing Mrs. Brown’s heart pattern on the monitor screen above the bed until Maureen arrived to stand across from her. They turned the patient back and forth, maneuvering the waterproof pad, which had wrinkled into a lump, back to its proper position under her hips, and lifted it, pulling her toward the head of the bed. ..."
"...Brenda Bumbalough, housekeeper, was currently assigned to South and to the Unit. With dyed-brown hair and a constant frown, she vacuumed when people were talking and brought down dust from light fixtures and monitors onto the patient’s beds. Penny brushed a powdery film off the desk and made an effort to smile at Brenda through the mote-filled air. ..."
"...Jiggling coins in his pocket, he appeared more interested in the monitor patterns than in what Penny was telling him about the IV. “All right,” he conceded. “I’ll write the order and you can move him to the hall.” He swaggered to the bed and addressed his patient. “Didn’t I say I’d make you well if you’d ..."
"...Maureen moved from bed to bed straightening the covers and asking the patients if they needed anything. She leaned over Penny and ran the second print-outs from each of the telemetry monitors. “It’s time for visitors and it’s my turn to post these strips at South Station, unless you need to escape.” ..."
"... Penny began with one of Dr. Lawrence’s two patients, a thirty-six-year-old male named Darryl Dodson, admitted with chest pain to rule out heart attack. As she approached his bed, a sudden dread squeezed her throat and her heart shifted. His skin color was ashen. His monitor pattern was unchanged and he said he felt okay, but he appeared short of breath. Listening to his chest with her stethoscope, Penny heard on inhalation the crackling sounds made by air entering fluid-filled lung tissues. ..."
"...from tests he had ordered the day before would be completed and in his charts. However, one X-ray report was missing. He sighed and ripped open an alcohol swab to decontaminate his stethoscope while Penny phoned the radiologist to retrieve the results. Alarms from the telemetry monitors and the ringing telephone pushed him over the edge and he jumped up, slamming the metal chart down on the desk. ..."

Chapter 4: Chapter Four
"... into her husband’s car she collapsed.” Maureen positioned the wheelchair next to the empty bed just inside the door. The nurses replaced the patient’s clothes with a hospital gown, helped her to lie down, then connected her to the heart monitor. Maureen yelled over her shoulder as she ..."
"...She lowered her hands and allowed him to hug her, then leaned back, “But I have to work so hard to remember everything—I’m afraid I’ll miss something important, or give the wrong drug, or even overdose somebody or something. I can’t read the charts or the monitors, much less the med labels without my bifocals, and the tops of my ears hurt from these stupid glasses...” She paused for breath and ripped off her glasses with one hand. ..."

Chapter 5: Chapter Five
"... new admission. The supervisor called, and Penny explained her predicament. “ER’s sending me a patient who should probably have gone to Jacksonville. ER usually just stabilizes head injuries and transfers them to a neuro unit where they can monitor inter-cranial pressure.” “If the ..."
"...Connecting the over-bed monitor, Penny observed her patient’s heart pattern: a little fast but with only a few irregular beats. Her blood pressure, temperature, and respirations were normal. She was oriented to time and place and obeyed instructions to grip Penny’s hands and pushed with the balls of both her feet ..."

Chapter 6: Chapter Six
"... recognize what was important. On her way to the shower, she phoned Dixiana CCU. A monitor alarm was ringing in the background when Maureen answered, and the familiar sound comforted Penny. “Hi Maureen. Have you heard anything about Mrs. Spoonhouse?” “Dr. Scales says she’s doing ..."

Chapter 11: Chapter Eleven
"...Penny touched the monitor screen with a finger. “Her pattern has been fine so far, but I’ll watch her. She’s on telemetry number two.” Penny showed Flossie Mae. “We have four on telemetry today; you can see the patient’s name, room number, and doctor’s name on the label above ..."
"...“Flossie Mae,” Mrs. Gwen added, “telemetry patients are cared for by South Station nurses, but Unit nurses are responsible for their monitors: replacing batteries, electrodes, and lead wires as needed to maintain a readable pattern on their screens. Call me if you need anything, Penny—I’m supervising today.” ..."
"...A monitor alarm bell sounded, and Penny walked to the desk to watch the strip print out automatically, waiting to see if it was a true dysrhythmia or just patient movement. Of course, the bells rang a lot during morning care, but this strip was for real: a slow rhythm ..."
"...Penny and Flossie Mae served lunch. Dr. Lawrence’s patient was a woman two days past a stroke who could now move her left hand, but she still had difficulty expressing her thoughts. The other was Dr. Scales’s seventy-five-year-old Mr. Aceworth with end-stage heart disease. Close monitoring of his fluid and electrolyte levels kept him stable but not well enough to move out of the Unit. ..."
"... of the Unit. As the two nurses ate their sandwiches in front of the monitors, Penny observed Flossie Mae’s hands: each finger, and even both thumbs adorned with rings. “Do you like Dr. Scales, Flossie Mae? He’s so difficult here—I can’t imagine working in his office.” “The ..."
"...“Well, he was trying to insert the long needle under a very sick patient’s collarbone to reach the subclavian blood vessel because his peripheral IV had infiltrated. The old man’s blood pressure was dropping, and a subclavian would have given us good IV access and helped us monitor his fluid balance because it connects to the central circulation. Dr. Scales just wouldn’t give up: he stuck him way too many times!” ..."
"...Number four monitor alarm sounded again, and the strip of Mr. Tribble’s heart pattern showed a brief period of complete heart block. His heart rate had slowed to thirty, but now was back up to seventy-two. Penny notified the floor nurse to check his vital signs, and she telephoned Dr. ..."
"... to bed seven for a visit. Scales had ordered daily subcutaneous injections of Heparin to prevent the development of blood clots, a common complication of bed rest, but today’s lab results showed an elevation in the value used for monitoring blood coagulation. In a few minutes, Dr. Scales ..."
"... the morning.” A South Station nurse brought the telemetry she had removed from Mr. Tribble, who was now connected to a portable monitor for transfer, and laid the box on the desk because Penny was phoning Dr. Scales’s order to the Pharmacist: “Vitamin K, 2.5 mgs IV.” Penny replaced ..."
"...Penny replaced the receiver and reached up to turn off the screen displaying a straight line, but she could barely process what she saw! The monitor with a straight line was number three, labeled for Dr. Lawrence’s patient Bridget Sasser. Number four, labeled for Jerry Tribble, had a heart pattern still blipping right on across the screen! ..."
"... block?” The monitor she had just turned off—number three–-was labeled with the name Bridget Sasser, Room 301. She picked up the telemetry unit the nurse had brought in: number three. If number three had been Jerry Tribble, maybe number four was really Bridget Sasser. Panic-stricken ..."
"...Panic-stricken Penny phoned South Station and requested that a nurse go to room 301 and replace the battery in the monitor. She stood staring at screen number four, watching an irregular pattern with pauses, a disturbance that needed to be addressed. A minute later, the screen displayed a straight line and the alarm sounded while the battery was out, then the heart pattern picked up again and the ..."
"...It was not all Penny’s fault because it would not have happened if somebody else had not mislabeled the monitors. Now there was nothing to do but to correct the mistake. Penny would have to exchange the monitor strips from last night and today on the two charts—these were the only ones she knew for sure were wrong. ..."
"...She raced back to the patient and yanked the emergency lever on the bed to flatten the mattress. Pulling an S Airway from the emergency box on the shelf beside the bedside monitor, she opened the patient’s lax jaw, inserted the airway with one end of the S up, then rotated it 180 degrees so that the end passed down behind his tongue. Her heart hammering, she connected the ambu bag’s tail to the oxygen outlet. A respiratory tech picked ..."
"... Penny. “Dr. Scales didn’t want to write one,” Penny said as she tore open the plastic pack containing two pre-lubricated pads and positioned them on her patient’s chest. Avoiding chest compressions, she connected the defibrillator’s three monitor leads to his electrodes. Dr. ..."

Chapter 12: Chapter Twelve
"...A nursing tech had come to help clean up from the code and night shift would be here soon. There was no time to think. Someone had laid telemetry unit number four on the desk and turned off the monitor. Penny removed the battery and put it away. Feeling fragmented, scattered as a shipwrecked boat thrown onto a rocky shore, she walked to the bedside of her remaining patient who had slept through everything, and whose skin color and monitor pattern looked beautiful. ..."
"...Penny climbed into the back of the ambulance with her stethoscope and turned on the portable EKG machine. After loading the patient and securing his stretcher, Earl jumped into the back with her and helped her to connect the oxygen and the heart monitor. The IV site was not red or swollen, and Penny pinched the tubing, checking for blood return to be sure it was in a vein, while Earl shuffled through the patient’s papers. ..."
"...His eyelids fluttered but did not open. His heart pattern on the monitor was irregular and had dropped into the fifties. Penny counted his respirations at twelve-a-minute. She turned up the oxygen to six liters and cycled the automatic blood pressure cuff: 70/40 appeared on the screen. All the color had left his face and his pallor called attention ..."
"... pushed in by the ambu bag. “Keep on bagging.” On the monitor screen his heart pattern raced between 120 and 150 beats a minute. Penny increased the monitor’s volume so they could hear the irregular bleeps, like a wren with hiccups. The trip seemed endless. Looking out the back ..."

Chapter 13: Chapter Thirteen
"... last week,” Penny said. “I understand he’s a nut.” “Prader’s he should be wearing an electronic monitoring device! He’s a super-heavy drinker, but he totally loves Watt’s eleven-year-old grandson!” “And Watt? How’s he doing?” He’s had all the ..."

Chapter 16: Chapter Sixteen
"... and put you to bed. You can feel guilty again in the morning, if you want to.” Johnny stood and Penny, wanting to monitor the alcohol in her drink, sat on the side of the bed testing her foot against the floor. “Is something wrong with your foot?” he asked, watching Penny limp in front of ..."

Chapter 17: Chapter Seventeen
"... Jane grabbed Rebecca’s stethoscope, pulling it from around her neck. Realizing she had left the Unit uncovered, Penny stepped back inside to check the monitors and Rebecca followed, rolling Jane to Mr. Head’s bedside. Jane placed the diaphragm against her hair just above her left ear and ..."
"...Penny’s reading was interrupted when a heavily-made-up woman wearing a nurse’s cap, a crisp white uniform, and a badge that proclaimed SUPERVISOR, entered the Unit and settled down at the desk. “I’ll watch the monitor for you,” she said. “Go to room 327 and restart that IV. Dr. Scales ordered Lasix, followed by 500 mls of normal saline to be given over two hours.” ..."
"... Lasix, followed by 500 mls of normal saline to be given over two hours.” The supervisor was the same woman who didn’t have time to help Penny yesterday, and Penny wondered if she knew how to read monitor patterns. Mrs. Baucom didn’t flinch when Penny stuck her arm to start the infusion. ..."
"...The supervisor left to write Scales’s orders on the chart at South Station. Penny turned down the bed closest to the hall door and warmed up the over-bed monitor. Unable to sit down, she straightened the desk and the nurses’ lounge, then began to scribble an account of the progression of events leading up to Mrs. Baucom’s admission to the Unit. ..."
"...Disconnecting the oxygen tubing from the transfer tank, Penny attached it to the bedside outlet before connecting her new patient to the heart monitor and the IV pump. The monitor alarm sounded because Mrs. Baucom’s heart rate was above 150. Penny turned off the alarm, dragged the crash cart over to Mrs. Baucom’s bed, and plugged it in. ..."

Chapter 18: Chapter Eighteen
"... best thing I’ve ever done.” When Barb returned, Penny ran down to the zoo-like atmosphere of the ER. On one side of the long room, a nurse bent over a man lying on a stretcher. He was connected to a heart monitor and a crash cart stood open beside him. “Baby! Baby!” he bellowed. ..."

Chapter 20: Chapter Twenty
"...Suddenly the monitor alarm sounded. Then the ventilator alarm blared. All three nurses dashed to Buck’s bedside. His screen displayed a straight line. Penny pressed the electrodes against his chest, but they were already in contact. His face was pale grey, and she could not locate his ..."
"...Buck’s face, grey against white hospital sheets, flashed through Penny’s mind, and she heard again and again the alarms from the monitor and the ventilator. Anxious to talk with Flossie Mae, to ask why Buck was guarded by the police, and to tell her about last night, Penny searched for the slip of paper with Flossie Mae’s phone number. She looked in her purse, her car, and everywhere she ..."

"... the best you can until the appropriate volume arrives. CCU will take over security surveillance duties. The unit secretary will be responsible for watching cardiac and security monitors, as well as continuing previous secretarial duties. Housekeeping and Physical Therapy will be combined. ..."

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