When patients suffered from hemorrhagic fever, M*A*S*H doctors replaced lost sodium by administering a saline solution intravenously. However, headquarters (HQ) sent a treatment change disallowing the saline solution. With a patient in shock and near death from a disastrously low sodium level, B. J. Hunnicut wanted to administer a low-sodium-concentration saline solution as a last-ditch attempt to save the patient. Colonel Potter looked at B. J. and Hawkeye and summed up the situation. Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“O.K., letĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s get this straight. If we go by the new directive from HQ and donĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t administer saline to replace the sodium, our boy will die for sure. If we try B. J.Ă˘â‚¬â„˘s idea, then he may survive, and weĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ll know how to treat the next two patients who are getting worse. If we try it and he doesnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t make it, weĂ˘â‚¬â„˘re in trouble with HQ and may get court-martialed. I say we have no choice. LetĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s try it.Ă˘â‚¬Âť (Source: Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Mr. and Mrs. Who.Ă˘â‚¬Âť Written by Ronny Graham, directed by Burt Metcalfe, 1980.)
Structure the doctorsĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ decision. What are their objectives? What risks do they face? Draw a decision tree for their decision.
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