Eighteen hours of nonstop work has allegedly caused the death of a doctor from Shanxi Province in China.
Forty-three-year-old Zhao Bianxiang, a doctor with specialization on respiratory illness, collapsed in front of a patient and her daughter while making hospital rounds last 29 December.
She already stopped breathing and medical personnel tried to save her but was not able to find a pulse. It took them 20 hours to resuscitate her but to no avail. She reportedly died because of subarachnoid hemorrhage, a stroke caused by a ruptured aneurysm.
As the deputy director of the hospital’s respiratory medicine department, colleagues described Zhao as one of the best in her field and a ‘workaholic’. Zhao had been working since 6 PM on the night before she died. She could have ended her shift at 12 PM the following day, but she opted to continue making patient rounds for another six hours.
She even told one of her colleagues a few weeks ago that she was too busy to take a break. Winter time drives the pediatric and respiratory departments of the hospital busy, especially for Zhao’s department which has experienced an increase in the number of patients in the last few days.
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