Quite often, the equipment I work with is important, but not critical. Yes, people panic if their email is down ... until they're reminded of that obsolete piece of equipment called 'the telephone.' But, mostly it's equipment that makes business run and generate revenue. I fix a router and an ATM machine starts working again. I replace a switch and the users can finally reach the outside world (Internet) or a retail store can connect with the corporate office.
Last Tuesday's job site was different. As I was installing the router, three other people were setting up computers across the hall. There was a buzz of excitement in the air. This is what I installed routers for:
Apparently, the quicker you administer this drug (tPA) during a stroke, the greater your chances of a full recovery. The equipment enables neurologists to remotely diagnose the patient and order the drug to be administered.
Wow. What I was doing could actually help save lives. Granted, I'm not the neurologist. But, I'm the one that's enabling the neurologist to be (virtually) mobile. The only thing that could be better would be if I was helping to write the code for the Emergency Medical Hologram program.
Posted by BlueWolf on May 27, 2005 09:04 AM