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WHY the World Needs Improv

Calm Before the Storm

It was a Tuesday at three in the morning in an upscale community hospital in middle America.

Within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Registered Nurse (RN) was assigned to care for a 25-week gestation infant who weighed less than 500 g or approximately one pound, one ounce. Besides the intravenous solution lines running through his infinitesimal umbilical arteries and one vein, and in addition to the orogastric tube that ran to his stomach, the baby was connected to an oscillating ventilator that delivered more than 300 soft, quick breaths per minute to his still-developing lungs. The nurse ...

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