Grey's Anatomy season 9 episode 13, "Bad Blood," saw Seattle Grace have to prepare for some changes, and even as they fought them, they really were left with no choice.
One of the changes to the hospital was the installation of cameras, used as an extra set of eyes to reduce mistakes, maximize patient care, and the like, and they did actually come in handy. Though Cristina got into a bit of an argument with the voice on the other side, Dr. Bob Richardson, he proved to be necessary later on. Cristina and Leah's patient was a Jehovah's Witness, and though he needed blood, they couldn't give it to him. They also had to do a bloodless surgery, but once they were in the OR, Cristina realized she needed to adapt her plan because she couldn't cut him open either; he'd lose too much blood. Though she did everything she could, he needed blood, and nothing she said would change his parents' minds. Leah's feelings on the matter were very clear, and she really did need that kick Cristina wished she could give her after she tried to give their patient blood anyway. It was a good thing Bob was watching and stopped her. Cristina kicked her off her service, and so Leah could only watch as their patient died. After, Leah argued that he didn't have to die, but Cristina told her that people die. He may have even if they had given him blood.
Alex, Callie, and Arizona were dealing with Simmi, a 13-year-old who had a double hip replacement and hadn't moved yet. First, Alex went in to try to get her to stand up and take a few steps, but she ended up leaving him depressed when she told him that she was going to the Olympics when her hip started to hurt and he couldn't understand because he'd never been the best at something. Callie tried the "bad cop" routine, but Simmi also brought her down with a speech that left her hopeless. It was Arizona who got her to stand up. Though showing her her prosthetic leg and telling her she lost her leg less than a year ago but still managed to do the things she liked didn't work, when Arizona yelled at her and told her she'd treat people with kindness and respect and gave her no choice but to stand up, that worked and Simmi, with their help, took her first steps after her surgery.
Meanwhile, Meredith, Bailey, and Richard were in a class with Daryl to learn a standardized way of repairing hernias, and Bailey saw it as a fight to survive. "May the odds be ever in your favor," she told the others. Meredith started off well, while Bailey and Richard still needed to get the hang of it. However, Meredith ended up leaving the classroom after feeling like something was wrong, but when Bailey followed, she told Meredith it was just the baby kicking. (And despite the pretty big bad news for the hospital, the episode did end on a happy note with Derek feeling their baby kicking.) Later in the class, Richard showed Daryl his method, but Daryl told him his was the acceptable one and then made the mistake of saying that the patients don't matter. He lost everyone after that.
Owen turned away contractors Cahill had sent to measure the ER space, and as he argued the importance of the ER, she ended up joining him to meet a patient on the roof. After she was the one to put the pressure on the bleed, she ended up joining him in the OR for the entire surgery. Other than some awkwardness as Derek mentioned it was lucky that the accident happened that day and not the next day and Jackson ranting about how the ORs had been rearranged to maximize efficiency when he didn't realize Cahill was in the room, it was a successful surgery. She told Owen that it was easier when there was a bad guy, and she was fine with taking the blame. She'd save the hospital, like she had in the past and had never gotten thanks for doing. And after the surgery was over, Owen told the patient's wife that Cahill was the one she should be thanking. She admitted she had forgotten what a rush it was.
Meanwhile, Derek and April had been working hard on a plan to save the ER, and after April sent out an email with the subject, "Proposed Budget Cuts," they had to go around and talk to the doctors face-to-face to get what they wanted. When Derek was called into surgery, April was left to do that, and despite Derek telling her not to talk the numbers, she did. So it was up to him to fix it, and he did. However, what they didn't learn until they went to Cahill about what they did was that nothing could save the ER or the hospital. She was getting them ready to sell; only a buyer could save the hospital and she was making it presentable. Getting rid of the ER was like getting rid of a shag carpet. And so Owen closed the ER before going to drink. A lot. Cristina offered to buy the first one.
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