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24 Hours On Call
MON 5:25PM Ryder returns to the
routine of caring for her own patients
once the code is over. On her way to the
Emergency Department (ED) to admit
two new patients, she stops outside a
service elevator to answer a page.
Telephones are strategically placed
throughout the Medical Center so caregivers
can respond to pages from almost
anywhere. Ryder will stop a few more
times on her way to the ED—to answer
pages, to check on a patient, and to sign
the death certificate for the patient who
died in the code-blue emergency. "You
gotta be efficient," she says as she
continues on her way toward the ED.
MON 5:29PM Ryder has almost reached the ED when she spies one of her patients waiting on a gurney in a hallway.
"Hi," she says as she recognizes him—calling him by name and asking how he's doing. He seems glad to see her. He had
been brought down from the inpatient unit for a CT scan, which has been taken, and now he's waiting for a member of the
transportation staff to wheel him back up to his room. Transportation personnel, who used to be called orderlies, take
patients all over the Medical Center—from inpatient rooms and clinic offices to the x-ray department and other areas.
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