Friday, May 20, 2011

Stages of a surgery where you can't see


  1. ::laughs:: oh my. That's one thing I could never do in school... sit down, or be ignored. I was one of the only women in my major so if I wasn't front and center people noticed. The benefit of this though was that I was always motivated to show up.

  2. I was a first year nursing student sitting in on hysterectomy. There was a second or third year medical student, too. Anyway, the attending was all like HAI GUYS, WANNA FEEL HER CERVIX?

    I was all like, no, not really.

    Instead, I spent four hours answering and making phone calls for everyone.


  3. I thought this was going to be about needing to pee, intense neck cramping, and ultimately vagaling into the sterile field. Not that I know anything about these things.....

  4. Depends if scrubbed in or not.

    Scrubbed in:
    stage 1 - just scrubbed in, waiting for surgeon to finish scrubbing in and paranoid about touching anything

    stage 2 - you have a 3 hour surgery to do, so your nose now decides to itch. Can't do anything or you'll have to re-scrub

    stage 3 - surgeon is paranoid about how much common sense you have and chastises you for even slightly angling your hand off the patient's legs (to keep a sterile field...)

    stage 4 - here's a retractor. Now you not only can't do anything, can't see, but now you can't even move your hand.

    Not scrubbed:
    stage 1 - standing around, happy, watching for any potential stools around

    stage 2 - surgeons have begun, now I can't actually see the patient. Time to move around to see if there are any small windows of viewing between someone's arm and body

    stage 3 - find a viewing spot just beside the anaesthetist. Afraid of disturbing the anaesthetist's sleep or reading time.

    stage 4 - feet getting uncomfortably, not able to see anything, so resign to just daydreaming and find a stool. You still have 20 mins before the surgeon finishes suturing and notices you didn't stand for the whole surgery.

  5. Hand surgery.

    The plus side is, you get to sit. The downside is, unless you're the attending or the first assist, you probably don't get to sit, and if you're the med student, even if you're sitting you won't be able to see anything so it's really easy to just fall asleep. Plus it's hard to sit on those chairs without falling.

  6. at least in pharmacy we get the squishy mat thingy so your feet don't hurt too much after 8 hours on your feet