My name is Stacy Norrell, M.D., and it happened to me.

I was in our inpatient G.I. lab. We’ve all been there: fast-paced procedures often performed on critically ill patients. This patient was not the sickest among these. She was a 46-year-old presenting for PEG placement. We reviewed her health history and discussed her anesthetic concerns. I was well prepared for the case and was present in its entirety. As the gastroenterologist was removing the scope at the end of the procedure, I stepped out of the room, leaving a very capable advanced practice provider with the patient. I was gone for less than one minute when I heard an overhead call for help. The patient was bradycardic. I sprang into action. We were immediately in the throes of a code blue. I had plenty of help within minutes...

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