Wasn’t that a great episode of Grey’s Anatomy last Thursday? I can’t wait to see the third part of their little series of episodes.
Ok, so how many of you that watched last weeks show and think that Meridith is going to die? It’s one thing after another on that show isn’t it?
Personally I don’t think she’ll die.
You see I’m a nurse. Beginning with last weeks episode when she fell into the water I had a feeling that she’d end up drowning. However it’s winter time on the show and the water is cold which means that she became hypothermic in the water.
Evidence of this is of course when they were arriving her they first said her body temperature was only 80 F, and then it reached 81 near the end of the show.
I work in the ER. We’ve treated people who’ve drowned or passed out in the cold and seem dead when they are brought in. On those people you sometimes have to do CPR for HOURS until their body warms enough that all of your efforts begin to work (or not). I think the longest we’ve ever done CPR on a drowning victim found in the winter time was about 16 hours. You need a lot of staff to work at resuscitating a patient for that many hours because it’s exhausting work.
I’m sure people watching Greys Anatomy last night were probably wondering why they didn’t warm her fast. I actually wondered why they didn’t have a warm air bubble type blanket (warming blanket) on her like they did on the pregnant woman with the severely damaged face and chest that had just come out of surgery. The warming blanket would help warm Meridith up – but it works slowly. You can’t warm up a person with hypothermia too fast. It has to be gradual.
Anyway, it will be interesting to see how they play this out in next weeks show- part three of three.
What do you think will happen?