Where Night Is Day: The World of the ICU

Where Night Is Day: The World of the ICU

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Hardcover, Cornell Univ Pr, 2013, ISBN13 9780801451683, ISBN10 080145168X
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Hardcover, Cornell Univ Pr, 2013, ISBN13 9780801451683, ISBN10 080145168X

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Hardcover, Cornell Univ Pr, 2013, ISBN13 9780801451683, ISBN10 080145168X

"There is no night in the ICU. There is day, lesser day, then day again. There are rhythms. Every twelve hours: shift change. Report: first all together in the big room, then at the bedside, nurse to nurse. Morning rounds. A group of doctors moves slowly through the unit like a harrow through a field. At each room, like a game, a different one rotates into the center. They leave behind a trail of new orders. Wean, extubate, titrate, start this, stop that, scan, film, scope. The steep hill the patient is asked to climb. Can you breathe on your own? Can you wake up? Can you live?" from Where Night Is Day

Where Night Is Day is a nonfiction narrative grounded in the day-by-day, hour-by-hour rhythms of an ICU in a teaching hospital in the heart of New Mexico. It takes place over a thirteen-week period, the time of the average rotation of residents through the ICU. It begins in September and ends at Christmas. It is the story of patients and families, suddenly faced with critical illness, who find themselves in the ICU. It describes how they navigate through it and find their way. James Kelly is a sensitive witness to the quiet courage and resourcefulness of ordinary people.Kelly leads the reader into a parallel world: the world of illness. This world, invisible but not hidden, not articulated by but known by the ill, does not readily offer itself to our understanding. In this context, Kelly reflects on the nature of medicine and nursing, on how doctors and nurses see themselves and how they see each other. Drawing on the words of medical historians, doctor-writers, and nursing scholars, Kelly examines the relationship of professional and lay observers to the meaning of illness, empathy, caring, and the silence of suffering. Kelly offers up an intimate portrait of the ICU and its inhabitants.

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Number of Pages: 231
Original Languages: English
Author: Kelly, James
Series Title: The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work
Publisher: ILR Press
ISBN-13: 9780801451683
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 5.76 x 0.93 x 9.69 Inches
ISBN-10: 080145168X
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