I think I know my way around three of Spokane's operating rooms; more importantly, I know where each OR's supply of non-powdered, size 9 sterile gloves is. One important (faculty-endorsed) location is my car's glove compartment - one of the hospitals doesn't have non-powdereds that large!
Boy am I glad I am outside of Seattle for my surgery clerkship! I'm not sure I'd be getting this much exposure to hands-on learning anywhere else... This week, I have:
- laparoscopically extracted a gall stone from the common bile duct during a gall bladder removal
- removed one appendix
- held countless retractors (more on that in a later post)
- clipped thyroid arteries in a parathyroidectomy
- learned 3 new knots and 5 new stitches
- sewn a colon into the skin
- coined a new term for a certain kind bowel adhesions and was subsequently pimped about said term ("fatty fibrosis" - another story for later)
- sewn large and small bowel together (using a really fancy stapler)
- imagined numerous uses for retractors and then seen them used that way...
- removed pounds of necrotic skin, fat and muscle off one person's shoulders only to have the infection spread to the heart.
- developed some annoying atopic dermatitis on my hands.
- eaten much more fiber than usual. Fiber can head off sooooo many bad things.