Does the soul linger after the last heart beat— uncover lines and cords strewn on the body— slide the half gown aside— flush on its way over an exposed old breast— then drift across the limbs to slip shyly to the ground where rubber gloves and wrappers lie limp in meditation? Or does the soul push violently back— jabbing and slugging— swinging wildly against the chest wall once our palms withdraw for retreat? Rabid for air and averse to rancor— does it rush through the throat to escape only to break like a wave onto a rock when it hits a plastic tube? Or does the soul gaze through the half-closed eyes of a frozen head turned at the nurses and doctors who walk away— see the hand that grazes a sister's shoulder then grabs a chart to note some thing that expired? Does it swell and croon when its family members cup their mouths and hesitate to touch or stand away? And what about the soul alone when sick? Does a soul examine the two residents standing by the door— gaping at the green line trembling on a black screen? Does that soul wonder what could have been done— what could have been done? Or wonder if a stranger’s prayer can fill an empty room? To palm the hidden and the deep— we saw it fold inside its body— because once we turn away it will detach and crumble like a leaf— and when the curtain's drawn— scuttle in the wind
- Advanced cardiovascular life support video – Colloquially known as a “code blue,” ACLS is a set of interventions we employ as a team in the hospital when the patient loses pulse. Medical students participate in chest compressions while residents learn how to perform required procedures and eventually lead the “code.”
- Advance Directives – “Between 2000 and 2006, many elderly Americans needed decision making near the end of life at a time when most lacked the capacity to make decisions. Patients who had prepared advance directives received care that was strongly associated with their preferences.”
- Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics — 2013 Update A Report From the American Heart Association – “Chan et al demonstrated that rates of survival to discharge were lower for black patients (25.2%) than for white patients (37.4%) after in-hospital cardiac arrest. Lower rates of survival to discharge for blacks reflected lower rates of both successful resuscitation (55.8% versus 67.4%) and postresuscitation survival (45.2% versus 55.5%).”
- A resident — is a physician (with an M.D. or D.O.) who who practices medicine usually in a hospital or clinic under the direct or indirect supervision of an attending physician.
- Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich — “Also in this revelation He showed a little thing, the size of a hazel nut in the palm of my hand, and it was as round as a ball. I looked at it with the eye of my understanding and thought: “What can this be?” And it was generally answered thus: “It is all that is made.” I marveled how it could continue, because it seemed to me it could suddenly have sunk into nothingness because of its littleness.”
- Apokálypsis — to disclose, reveal, uncover; like a curtain or veil that is lifted