Hos­pi­tal uses its real-life ED dra­mas to in­spire staff

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

From “ER” to “Chicago Med,” the Windy City has long pro­vided the back­drop for an ar­ray of med­i­cal dra­mas. Now, Chicago-based Pres­ence Sts. Mary and El­iz­a­beth Med­i­cal Cen­ter is us­ing video to tell real-life dra­matic tales through a se­ries of mini-doc­u­men­taries based on events in its emer­gency depart­ment.

The most re­cent film, “Brit­tany’s Story,” was sched­uled to de­but Dec. 18. It’s the story of Brit­tany Carmi­nati, 34, a mar­ried mother of a tod­dler. Carmi­nati went into car­diac ar­rest on Sept. 30, 2014, while walk­ing to catch a train.

Brit­tany’s story is the sec­ond mini-doc­u­men­tary Pres­ence Health has pro­duced. The film’s pri­mary au­di­ence is the sys­tem’s clin­i­cal staff, said John Hen­nelly, strat­egy and growth of­fi­cer for par­ent sys­tem Pres­ence Health’s Mid-City Re­gion. “Too of­ten, we find the clin­i­cians are so fo­cused on the mo­ment that they aren’t given the op­por­tu­nity to ap­pre­ci­ate the out­come,” Hen­nelly said.

Pedes­tri­ans who saw Carmi­nati col­lapse came to her aid, with one passerby ad­min­is­ter­ing CPR un­til paramedics ar­rived. She was taken to Sts. Mary and El­iz­a­beth, where doc­tors put her into an in­duced coma for two days. She stayed in the hos­pi­tal for 10 days, un­til she made a full re­cov­ery.

Carmi­nati her­self was ex­pected to at­tend the film’s show­ing, as well as the pedes­tri­ans who helped her. Those in­di­vid­u­als will re­ceive Com­mu­nity Hero Awards for their res­cue ef­forts.

A scene from the film shows Brit­tany Carmi­nati at home with

her hus­band, Alex, and daugh­ter, Suri.

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