Copyright 2011 Charles Kaluza
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The Other Side
The automated patient monitoring system detected a change in the physiologic status of the patient. The oxygen levels were dropping and the carbon dioxide levels rising in the patient's blood. This was associated with a drop in the heart rate and blood pressure. Alarms were sounded and the automatic resuscitation equipment became active. Small robotic levers began positioning the body as a capsule descended from above. The body was soon sealed, from the neck down, inside the capsule where pressure changes began to force air into the lungs. A small piston began chest compressions to produce simulated cardiac function. This unit was a high-tech version of the "Iron Lung" devices which were used during the polio epidemics 190 years prior. By the time humans arrived on the scene resuscitation was proceeding well. Sometimes death ruled over technology and sometimes death was delayed by technology.