Sklif (Ep7) A life-threatening fall down an escalator in the Moscow Metro

Sklif’s Intensive care unit is the first point of contact when an emergency or an accident happens. The doctors who work here need to act fast – the lives of their patients depend on their timely response. When a young man is rushed into the unit with a serious head wound, the doctors learn he had fallen down an escalator in Moscow Metro. They urgently need to prevent more blood loss, while minimising any risk of causing damage to the patient’s neck. The cause of the accident indicates that he might also be suffering from a spinal injury, and if so, a movement in the wrong direction could cause paralysis.

Before long, a man with a stab wound in his neck is also wheeled in. He needs treatment for shock and an operation for his spinal injury. His test results reveal he also has HIV, which means the doctors must be particularly careful while treating him. Risking their own lives while helping others is common for doctors in this unit, especially as the people arriving here can be intoxicated or aggressive.