Monday, February 4, 2008

Get to know the NICU, Por dentro dela

Hi, I’m Troy McClure. You may remember me from such self-help blogs as "Smoke Yourself Thin" and "Get Some Confidence, Stupid!” But today, I am posting here to be your guide to the quiet, but quite high-tech world of St. Joseph's Medical Center's Neonatal Intesive Care Unit, or NICU, for short.

It is an honor to be invited by Sandra and Marcelo to write this post, especially since my work on The Simpsons has been reduced to zip, zero, nada due to the Writers Guild of America strike, so I can use the ... anyway, if you come with me over here you can see Antonio's entire room.

Oh, well... I was not sure if Mom would be here visiting our little friend Antonio... I hope it is OK for us to continue the tour!

As you can see, Antonio's incubator is surrounded by machines, tubes... we will get to see some of these pretty close, and feel free to ask any questions since our Medical Advisor for Medicinal Medicine, Dr. Nick Rivera, MD is here to answer them... Let's start by looking at the High Frequency Oscillating Ventilator, to which our friend Antonio has been hooked up to since last week. Dr. Rivera, why don't you take over from here...

Hi, everybody! You should know that I learned everything about ventilators at the Mayo Clinic Correspondence School, but in any case, arguably one of the most important advances in critical care medicine in recent years has been the understanding that mechanical ventilators can impart harm and that lung-protective ventilation strategies can save lives. Blah, blah, blah....

This post is getting too long and not funny at all... so I am stopping here and just putting some pictures up. Also there will be no translation to Portuguese, as I do not know what the Simpson characters say in Brazil.
You can see on the top of the picture the mnonitor that, well, monitors Antonio's vitals... the green line is his heartbeat and the blue line his O2 saturation.. right underneath that, you will see the two small macghines that are computers used to administer precise dosage of milk (bottom one) and medicine (top one).

No topo voce porde ver o monitor dos sinais vitais do Antonio... a linha verde representa os batimentos cardiacos, e a azul a saturação de O2. Logo abaixo, dois mini-computadores usados pra administrar a dosagem certa de leite materno (o mais baixo, à 45 graus) e medicamento (no meio da tela).

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