We spend a lot of time here talking about “stuff.” About physician burnout due to crippling administrative pressures, moves by the Fed’s to import drugs into the U.S. to lower costs, etc. Today is different.  Please take a look at this piece. (Today, for reasons that you will see when you got to that URL, I couldn’t just grunt “Check this out.”)

What you will get is an inside look at what happens to a hospital staff when four children die in their ER, on the same night, as the result of a house fire. They did everything that they could, and it wasn’t enough. We often think about ER doc’s as being steeled against the emotional repercussions of patients dying in their unit. But not this time. Not this many lives. Not such young lives.  

Bottom Line. What you see is a description of an event that was described as being “life changing” for all of the staff. I am sure it was.  

As was so well synopsized by quotes in this piece:

“The death of a child is the single most traumatic event in medicine. To lose a child is to lose a piece of yourself.”


“There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world.”          

Reading this piece several times over reminded me of just how amazing these people are. The ones we think of as just being “customers.” As “prescribing decision makers.”  

Nah!  These are feeling professionals who can go through an experience like this and get up and go to work the next day. When we interact with them, let’s try to keep that in mind and give them the credit and respect they deserve!

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