Sunday, March 4, 2012

Tales from Residency: Evening decubs

This is a story about an attending I once had named Dr. Decub and a falling out she had with a resident (not me).

The falling out was apparently a big deal and I was curious for a while to find out what happened. I thought it was going to be something like he wasn't updating the pre-printed notes frequently enough, or something. But no.

Apparently, some patient had a wound that needed a dressing change by the surgery service on a daily basis. For some reason, they did this dressing change every evening at 7PM. Even though this wound was pretty much status quo, Dr. Decub insisted this resident be there every single day to observe the dressing change. Every single day at 7PM.

The resident went a few times, but then stopped going. When she pushed him, he outright refused. And who could blame him? Who would want to stay at the hospital every single night until 7? Even surgery residents get to leave earlier than that some nights.

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