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Sklif 17 December 2014 2 132
Just as the doctors and nurses of Sklif’s emergency department are getting ready to start their shift, a patient is admitted in a critical condition. The 64-year-old’s symptoms range from abdominal pain to difficulty breathing and the appearance of black spots on his skin. The doctors fear he might have aortic dissection, a potentially fatal condition. However, before a precise diagnosis can be established, they need to run a series of emergency tests.
The severity of the situation comes as a shock to his relatives, although they attest that his condition had worsened in the past week. The doctors estimate he now has only a 50% chance of survival. Continuing their investigations, they soon discover the condition was brought on by something that was meant to be saving his life.
Sklif series provides an exclusive look inside the famous Sklifosovsky Institute. It's known to every Muscovite, and many Russians too. With the best equipment and medical specialists in the country, it represents the pinnacle of emergency medicine. The hospital's Emergency Intensive Care Unit is the clinic's busiest unit, with doctors and nurses tending to those whose lives are hanging by a thread. Watch the film in Russian.
Klim suffers from epilepsy. A seizure may happen at any moment and lead to a serious injury or even death. In many cases epilepsy can be managed with medication, however Klim’s condition requires brain surgery. After weighing up the options in their native Kazakhstan and abroad, his family settled on Russia’s Sklifosovsky Institute to carry out the operation.
Sklifosovsky Institute, aka Sklif: Europe's largest research and development facility for emergency medical care, complete with a hospital, research labs, surgery rooms, burn treatment facility and much more. Here, battles against death are fought every minute of every day. It takes the best to win.
Tatyana has a brain tumour and does not yet know whether it is benign or malignant. What is certain, however, is that she needs surgery. Her family is worried about the outcome and prognosis, but are reassured that she’ll be operated on in Sklifosovsky Institute – Russia’s best-known hospital.
Ekaterina is a young mum with a toddler. She recently discovered that her heart could fail her at any moment. Her only hope is an organ transplant. The surgery is dangerous and carries many risks, but her family is optimistic. They have faith in the skills and expertise of Sklif’s doctors.
Ekaterina is a young woman who has been suffering from a serious kidney disease for half her life. She has been dependent on dialysis for the last six years. Finally, after waiting for a donor organ for 2.5 years, it’s her operation day. She is hoping that following surgery she can lead a normal life and start a family.
Even the most rational doctors have their superstitions. Sklif’s emergency room specialist Andrey insists that whenever he works the first shift, it is always busy, with at least three patients to take care of. When he tells his co-workers, they don’t believe him. Was he right to warn them?
Vyacheslav is suffering from a rare genetic disorder that causes abnormal bone growth. This results in his body being painfully disfigured, but worse than that, it causes damage to his internal organs. Will Sklif surgeon Evgeny Tarabrin be able to perform the operation other doctors refuse to do?
It’s a busy night shift for Sklif’s doctors. A depressed musician has been put into a coma by mixing his prescription medication with alcohol. He was discovered by his wife who called an ambulance, and he’s now in the hands of Sklif’s resuscitation specialists. At the same time, a young man with multiple stab wounds is admitted. His mother is also there and she needs reassurance.
A diagnosis of hepatitis B came as a shock to Vyacheslav. He always thought of himself as a healthy man and never visited doctors. As the disease has led to cirrhosis, Vyacheslav now needs a liver transplant.
Three years ago Viktoria discovered she was seriously ill. For a long time doctors were unable to arrive at a correct diagnosis and she was close to having her spleen removed. But then it was established she had cirrhosis of the liver caused by genetic predisposition and a disease she had when she was five years old.
Male nurse Mikhail Tyapkov works in the intensive care unit. It is here that patients who need emergency treatment are delivered. Today he and his colleagues are helping a knife attack victim with a stab wound in his neck and a young man who fell down an escalator in the Moscow Metro.
Vasily’s childhood ailment led to a chronic kidney disease that then became a life-threatening condition. Eventually, he must have a kidney transplant. He is given the choice to have it now or put off the operation and remain on dialysis.
Soslan is a young man but he has already had several near-death experiences. Born prematurely, he immediately contracted a life-threatening disease. Ten years later he was one of the survivors of the Beslan school siege. Now, once again, he’s fighting for his life as he needs a liver transplant.
Valery’s surgery went well, but he’s not out of the woods yet. His doctors discovered that his old lungs were infected with tuberculosis. Unless he gets treatment immediately, his new lungs may also succumb to the disease.
Ivan, 56, has never been to a hospital for a check-up. When he fell ill, his wife had trouble convincing him to see a doctor. Ivan’s condition turned out to be much more serious than his family anticipated. He needs transplants for both his liver and kidney.
Twenty-six-year-old Aleksey has been suffering from cystic fibrosis all his life. His genetic condition has deteriorated drastically and he now needs a lung transplant to survive. He hopes the surgery will enable him to lead a normal life, just like his healthy peers.
In this episode, doctors from Sklif’s intensive care unit are trying to save the life of a man whose heart and lungs are failing. Meanwhile they must also figure out whether a young woman brought to hospital in a severely intoxicated state is telling the truth about having been assaulted by the police.
In his youth Valery abused drugs and alcohol. Now those crazy days are in his past and he’s a sober husband and father. The consequences of his previous unhealthy lifestyle, however, have caught up with him. He developed emphysema and needs a double lung transplant to survive.