THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING

Beyond the sirens: a thin curtain between living, dying

Inside Boston's top trauma unit

After the elevator landed, Dr. Erwin Hirsch, nurse Patty Harrison, and Dr. Jeffrey Kalish hurried to the trauma rooms, located near the emergency department.
By Patricia Wen
Globe Staff / October 1, 2006

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

Your article has been sent.

Text size +

It is 2 a.m., and all is quiet inside the trauma unit at Boston Medical Center. No one expects the lull to last -- not on a balmy weekend in August after the bars have closed. Still, several nurses head into a nearby office carrying a birthday cake for a colleague. (Full article: 1879 words)

This article is available in our archives:

Globe Subscribers

FREE for subscribers

Subscribers to the Boston Globe get unlimited access to our archives.

Not a subscriber?

Non-Subscribers

Purchase an electronic copy of the full article. Learn More

  • $9.95 1 month archives pass
  • $24.95 3 months archives pass
  • $74.95 1 year archives pass

Connect with Boston.com

Twitter Follow us on @BostonUpdate, other Twitter accounts