Sklif (Ep5) A race against time to establish the diagnosis of a man in critical condition

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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.

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