“Cold front” is the latest episode of Chicago Med that is definitely the most intense and dramatic episode of the season. It starts off with Dr. Choi and team rescuing the victims of multi-vehicle accident. A family is stuck in the car with multiple trauma especially the two boys named Benjamin and Josh. On the other hand, Jeff Clarke found an unconscious pregnant woman on the ground and a man named Mr. Winter is rescued after his car explodes.
Meanwhile, all victims go to ED and Dr. Latham and Dr. Rhodes are in charge of the triage. Let’s see how they handle this mass casualty especially making difficult decisions since the hospital is running out of supplies. Dr. Choi is assigned to Mr. Winter who suffers from third degree burns. You’ll see how he treats this patient that will make you emotional for sure. Dr. Manning and Dr. Halstead on the other hand are treating Benjamin and Josh who suffer from fractures.
Who will they save first? Meanwhile, a man named Jack Kellogg who is a psych patient, is complaining about doctors not attending to his needs. Let’s see how Dr. Charles handles this kind of patient.
CHARACTERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
- Dr. Choi, a US Navy Reserve and an emergency room chief resident. He’s the hero of this episode and you’ll see how he saves lives of the victims.
REAL OR NOT RATING: ★★★★★ (1 Being the Worst, 5 Being the Best.)
- “One can lack empathy, but still feel compassion.” When Dr. Latham is in charge of triaging the victims of the accident, he seems indifferent towards the feelings of patients. Dr. Rhodes asks him if he feels what others feel. Dr. Latham says that one can lack empathy but still feel compassion. In this scenario, since Dr. Latham has Asperger’s, it is normal for him to show few emotions. In reality, people with this condition have trouble with social interaction and nonverbal communication.
- “Triage is important part of response to major incidents.” When a multi-vehicle accident happens in the middle of a blizzard, the victims go to Chicago Med emergency department. Dr. Latham and Dr. Rhodes are in charge of triage. It is right when they prioritize patients who have the best chance of survival. In reality, Triage refers to the evaluation and categorization of the sick or wounded when there are insufficient resources for medical care of everyone at once. In mass casualty situations, triage is used to decide who is most urgently in need of transportation to a hospital for care (generally, those who have a chance of survival but who would die without immediate treatment) and whose injuries are less severe and must wait for medical car.
- “Would you sacrifice one person to save the lives of many?” In this episode, Dr. Choi is treating a terminally ill patient named Mr. Winter. He suffers from third-degree burns that lead to multiple organ failure and a mechanical ventilator helps him to keep him breathing. Unfortunately, the hospital needs to take the ventilators from terminal patients. In this case, it is correct that the hospital should prioritize those patients who have a better chance of survival. Treating him will only take the resources away from those patients.
- “Transfusing unscreened blood to patients is a violation.” When Chicago Med is running out of blood supply especially the O (-) blood, they gather all universal donors in the doctor’s lounge. Sharon Goodwin is right when she says that all blood has to go through the laboratory for screening or else they will be in direct violation of FDA guidelines. In reality, unscreened blood shouldn’t be transfused to patients because of higher risk of getting infectious disease pathogens like HIV and hepatitis viruses.
- Nothing’s wrong with the episode.