“Scrubs” is an American medical comedy-drama television series created by Bill Lawrence that aired from October 2, 2001, to March 17, 2010. The TV show is named after a nickname given to surgical internes at a hospital to show rank. It chronicles the life of new intern Doctors as they step out of the doors of their college and into a hospital for the first time, and follows these doctors throughout the length of their career.
The series shows the side of healthcare that is not often thought about: the fact that healthcare workers are learning as they go along. The show captures all of the awkward mistakes, as well as the heart breaking blunders, made by every new health care worker… from Doctors, to Nurses, to EMT’s. It’s an unsettling thought that the person caring for you or your loved one is learning on them, but more often than not that is the case. The show also captures another element of the job – the emotional effects it can have when things go wrong.
The scene above shows the moment a character in the show, Dr. Cox, loses a patient from a medical decision he made. Dr. Cox decided to use the organs from a patient who had previously died in order to save the lives of three other patients, but when the transplants were complete, they discovered that the donor patient had died of rabies and the transplanted organs were all infected.
Often times in emergency health care, we are faced with very tough decisions that may mean if a patient gets better, gets worse, or even die. The pressure can be ground shaking when you’re the one in the driver’s seat, and even more so when you’re new and unconfident in your skills. Regardless if you’re new, or if you’re one of the more experienced members on your team like Dr. Cox, this beautifully acted piece has one lesson to take away: “the second you start blaming yourself for people’s deaths, there’s no coming back.”