“After six hours, he still wasn’t waking up. What had I done?”

“After six hours, he still wasn’t waking up. What had I done?”

By Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD. I was a young doctor doing specialty training in critical care, and I was exhausted. Partway through a 36-hour shift at Johns Hopkins Hospital, I was hungry and hadn’t slept for 24 hours, but I was facing an overflowing intensive care unit and somehow needed to discharge five patients to...

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