Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Dr. Orthochick: Farts

Dr. Calm: Did you notice that when I asked [our patient] to lie on her right side she farted?

Me: Yeah...I did notice that, actually.

Dr. Calm: And she didn't even excuse herself! She just kept right on talking! I guess she was hoping we wouldn't notice.

We noticed.

Speaking of which, I find it necessary to confess that one time when I was on my SICU rotation (November of my MS3 year) I farted in a coma patient's room and blamed it on him. I thought I was alone and the dude was all vented and sedated and everything so I didn't think he'd mind and then my resident walked into the room 2 seconds later and asked what the smell was. I said it was probably the patient. I wonder if he believed me. I really hope he did. I mean, I'm not totally sure if coma patients can fart, I'm guessing they can since they can have bowel movements and generally the two go together but I actually have no idea, now that I think about it.


  1. On a sicu rotation as a ms4 I was presenting a patient and mentioned they had a bowel movement when the nurse rolled them onto their side. As I was picturing it in my head I couldn't stop laughing and held up rounds for a couple minutes.

  2. One of the best parts of doing autopsies all day: free reign for the bowels. Compared to autopsy smell, a fart isn't too bad.

  3. LMAO ... Silly people tricks are for KIDS (or is for anyone that works in the medical arena)

  4. One of the perks of working in a hospital... there's always a patient to blame when you let one out!

  5. Take heart, nurses do it all the time.

  6. If you work in a hospital, you've done this.