Last night's episode of "NY ER" titled "Persistent Problems" brought us to the battlefield that is the emergency room of New York Presbyterian Hospital to meet with the doctors and nurses who work every day to save lives. Their caring and consideration are the forefront of their jobs. Sometimes they work under excruciating conditions, but the series displays how their day can change at a moment's notice.
These episodes are narrated by Dr. Mehmet Oz, who introduces the viewers to the very walls where he trained. He interjects information throughout the series. Discovery Fit & Health took a summer replacement series and revamped it into a new series for fans whose natural curiosity brings them into the walls of busy hospitals.
This episode deals with a man with several gunshot wounds. Fortunately, an CAT scan showed that they were not where he would require life-saving surgery.
A man came in after using a performance-enhancing drug with an erect penis that was that way for twelve hours before he arrived at the emergency room. This condition, could cause major problems to him in the future if it is not addressed. Unfortunately, they had to inject him with a painkiller to the affected area and then drain the blood which was causing the problem.
A patient came in after using intravenous drugs, with serious back pain. The pain was so extreme, that just to examine him was a chore. He had been in severe pain for over two weeks, and did not come to the hospital sooner because he had no insurance. He had been sober for two years, but the pain had caused him to take whatever he could get his hands on. While awaiting results, the man's female companion turned off the monitor because the beeping disturbed him too much. The noise was necessary, and the nurse came back in order to turn it on. Part of her job is to monitor the patients from her station. He was later admitted for a spinal infection. The nurse was sympathetic to him and reassured him after two years of being sober, it is never too late to start over.
One of the surgical residents is married to another surgery resident. Their conflicting schedules leave little time for them to see each other. When they do, the conversation is nearly always about their time in the operating room as they compare notes.
The next patient was a cyclist who was hit by a car. Her helmet was bent out of shape and fortunately; it did a good job, because she had no injury to her brain, but her body was a mess.
A male dwarf was brought in. He was a dancer who fell off the stage at a bachelorette party in a club. He was very nice, and the nurse who treated him was married, or there could have been a chance for romance.
An elderly woman was brought in after she was hit by a car. She lost consciousness and now has no memory of why she is in the hospital.
A man was brought in with an elevated heart rate after he was stricken with food poisoning a few days ago. Once treated with intravenous fluids and given something to eat, he started to feel better.
Emergency services called to report they were bringing in a woman who had either jumped or fell from three stories of a building. She had no vital signs when EMTs brought her in and after working on her for over thirty minutes, she was pronounced dead. Although they could have pronounced her upon arrival, they chose to give her every option to live.
An aggressive intoxicated person was brought in, kicking, hitting and spitting at anyone who tried to assist her. They finally had to restrain her with a 4-point restraint, meaning arms and legs were tied to the bed, and a spit mask was put on her. Sad, but true, some emergency-room patients do not want to be helped.
At the end of the episode, the man who came in with the food poisoning came back to the "NY ER" to bring the nurse who helped him a dozen yellow roses and asked her for a date. She normally does not date patients, but this time, she made an exception.
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