13 episodes

Clinical takes you deep into the heart of the institution that is a hospital. Hosts Stephen Dark and Mitch Sears delve into the hidden corners of a hospital, where vital roles are performed by people whose untold, compelling lives and remarkable efforts reveal the human dimension to those we turn to when we fall sick.

Clinical The Scope Radio, University of Utah Health

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

Clinical takes you deep into the heart of the institution that is a hospital. Hosts Stephen Dark and Mitch Sears delve into the hidden corners of a hospital, where vital roles are performed by people whose untold, compelling lives and remarkable efforts reveal the human dimension to those we turn to when we fall sick.

    Unit on the Brink: E9 - Keeping the Faith

    Unit on the Brink: E9 - Keeping the Faith

    Months after the winter surge, hope was still hard to come by for many of the healthcare workers in the MICU. The new normal of the unit under COVID-19 was pushing even some of the most veteran staff to their limits.

    Charge Christy Mulder turns to her faith to help her through until she received the first dose of the COVID vaccine in the state. The first shot would bolster the unit and give a new sense of hope while bringing them closer to one another.

    See new images from inside the Medical Intensive Care Unit during the shift change in Dark’s multimedia piece Keep Breathing.

    • 36 min
    Unit on the Brink: E8 - Saying Goodbye

    Unit on the Brink: E8 - Saying Goodbye

    During our visit to the MICU, the strain and struggle against an increasingly mortal virus was painfully apparent. During the Winter surge of 2020, nurses and frontline workers faced death in a volume that few had experienced before; whether accompanying relatives and patients in their final moments over video call or the long trip to the morgue.

    Even so, MICU staff found optimism in one another and in the promise of a vaccine on the horizon.

    See new images from inside the Medical Intensive Care Unit during the shift change in Dark’s multimedia piece Keep Breathing.

    • 32 min
    Unit on the Brink: E7 - Here with the COVID

    Unit on the Brink: E7 - Here with the COVID

    By December of 2020, the winter surge of COVID-19 patients had finally arrived in Utah and frontline workers at University Hospital were bearing the brunt of a new wave of critically ill patients. Producers Stephen Dark and Mitch Sears visited the MICU during an early morning shift change on December 10th, to see firsthand how staff were coping with the increased pressure on both veteran caregivers and one young nurse whose first full-time nursing position since graduation was at the MICU in the teeth of the pandemic.

    See new images from inside the Medical Intensive Care Unit during the shift change in Dark’s multimedia piece Keep Breathing.

    • 34 min
    Keeper of the Keys

    Keeper of the Keys

    Armed with an arsenal of cleaners, a regiment of protocols, and a wealth of knowledge about microscopic enemies, the technicians at Environmental Services are tasked with ensuring the safety of each person that enters the healthcare facilities at University of Utah Health. These professionals are some of the hardest working individuals in healthcare as they are tasked with the fundamental, never-ending duty of sterilization and cleanliness required in medicine. Yet their efforts are some of the least understood in the hospital.

    Stephen Dark presents the rich - yet seldom shared - stories of these lifesaving specialists and shines a light on the often unsung contributions these caretakers make to the hospital ecosystem.

    • 38 min
    Unit on the Brink: E6 - Waiting to Exhale

    Unit on the Brink: E6 - Waiting to Exhale

    Inside the University Hospital Medical Intensive unit, the summer months are typically their “off-season,” with low-numbers of critical patients. It was a few months to take a breath and collect themselves before flu season begins in the fall. But the Summer of 2020 proved to be painfully different. This summer the unit found itself dealing with many more severely sick patients than they were used to treating during the season.

    For the finale episode of Unit on the Brink’s first season, three nurses sat down to discuss being at one of Utah’s medical epicenters of COVID-19 during a peak in the virus crisis, revealing their fears, anguish, and frustration, along with their love for their profession.

    • 36 min
    Unit on the Brink: E5 - Keepers of Hope

    Unit on the Brink: E5 - Keepers of Hope

    An ambulance pulled up to University Hospital, carrying a man experiencing severe pains in his chest and shortness of breath. The 42-year-old veteran had felt fine a few days prior - a little headache and a sore throat - only to fall into a state of fever, chills, and hypoxia. He had been put on a ventilator but was not getting any better. If the medical professionals at the hospital couldn’t help his body get the oxygen it so desperately needed, he would soon suffocate. It was time to call in reinforcements and try some extreme measures to save his life. It was time to call in the specialists in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit.

    Follow the journey of Rebecca Brim, the CVICU charge nurse helping oversee this man’s care, and understand a little of the intense emotional and psychological toll that caretakers face as they treat patients teetering on the grey line between life and death.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

The McCorkles ,

Gratitude, thankfulness are not enough

We all need to hear this. These courageous, dedicated people deserve our love and support. There are no words enough to say thank you to them.

Sarah dear ,

Beautiful

Such a great podcast really getting to peak into healthcare during the pandemic.

Chiekohoki ,

Listened to whole series in one night

Listened to this whole series on a night shift at IMC, and though I used to work at the U. This podcast beautifully showcases the type of people that work in healthcare and humanizes them. Love it. Can't wait for more.

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