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Apr. 5th, 2014 12:41 am
[personal profile] malka
I just started watching House, partly as an experiment, and partly because I like medical fiction.

I am apparently more cold-heartedly goal-oriented than the show's writers. Maybe I'll decide that it is because they needed an artificial constraint, and not because they missed the (obvious, but rather distressing) conclusion.

I'm a little freaked out by this, though.

So at the relevant point in the episode, they have a cluster of very sick newborns, one of whom has died. They'd like to run lots of blood tests to determine [medical babble here], but they can't draw lots of blood, because the babies are very sick and can't spare a lot of blood.

However, the dead baby will not be using any of its blood anymore. It would be helpful to do any long-shot exploratory tests on the dead baby's blood, and only test the live babies for things that the dead baby had.

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Date: 2014-04-08 01:30 pm (UTC)
fyrdrakken: (Sherlock - science)
From: [personal profile] fyrdrakken
I work in a pathology lab. Sometimes we get in samples from a medical examiner's office with a note on the paperwork that it's a postmortem specimen, yes. And when we get blood samples from a child under a year or two old, it tends to be in microtainer vials with a very tiny amount, yes. (Though oddly, we sometimes get largish samples from newborns. I wonder if some of those were actually using cord blood or some such.)

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