Grateful Project Day 171: Modern Health Care

I visited a relative in the hospital today. He was confined in the Intensive Care Unit of a tertiary hospital. As expected, he had numerous wires and intravenous lines attached to him. He was hooked up to different machines, each monitoring one aspect of his medical care. I remember the conditions when I was still in training. We had to manually count the number of drops of the intravenous fluid and adjust it accordingly. We had to check the heart rate, respiratory rate and blood pressure manually, since there were no electrical monitors. By the time you finish with all the patients assigned to you, it was time to go on the next round of monitoring. Modernization of medical equipment has allowed health care providers to focus on the treatment of the patient. I hope that this particular patient pulls through and recovers from this incident.

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