A large, coordinated trauma team, known informally as the “blue wave,” fights to save the life of Seattle Pacific University student Paul Lee in the Emergency Department at Harborview Medical Center in the aftermath of a gunman’s rampage this past June.
The Emergency Department is a world unto itself, where the poor and uninsured are guaranteed to be seen and where renowned emergency burn, neurology, pediatrics and other doctors treat patients from as far away as Alaska. But it’s also a microcosm of the city and region in which it operates.
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