Last Saturday the dental residents got to go on a tour of the new Building of Hope at Seattle Children’s Hospital that will house the brand new Emergency Department. Forgive me for not taking more pictures, but I was so enraptured by the vastness, the planning, the prettiness, the thought out flow, the detail, the design, the 24-hour Starbucks!, the resources, the sparkling brand newness of the thing that I totally forgot to take a lot. Here are some pictures, plus some I stole from my co-resident David’s phone:
We start seeing patients in the new ED soon – which will be a big change from how our call works now. Currently we go get them from the ED, bring the back to the dental clinic and patch them up and take them back. The new ED will be too far away to do that easily, so we’ll be doing a lot of treatment there. The doors to “our” bay aren’t scream proof. We checked.
This point was hammered home on Saturday night when Kat and I spent some time in the ED for a trauma patient.. we were discussing different treatment options with the attending that night and he made the comment that he guess he didn’t realized how hard our jobs were. In their eyes, we pick up the patient, take them away and bring them back all fixed up. No big deal. They don’t witness all the behavior management and sometimes the wealth of crying, that happens when we’re away treating a kid that’s had a rough day. I hope they’re ready for us to bring our excitement down to the new ED! I can’t wait! 😀