Friday, January 16, 2004

While researching my appendectomy post a few days ago I found this.

It was night call in the big training hospital. A professor, a surgical resident and a rotating intern were operating on young woman with appendicitis.

At one point, the professor noted a disturbing presence of bowel gas about the wound. He became concerned about a possible perforation of the colon, the large intestine to which the appendix is attached.

The professor enlarged the incision, pulled the intestines out and inspected them. He found no defects, so they closed. The patient recovered uneventfully.

The entire case might have been forgotten by all if a certain member of the surgical team had been more prudent. Little did the professor know that, while looking for the source of bowel gas leakage, they were searching the wrong abdomen.

It came from the intern! He remained silent throughout the procedure, then later thought it was funny that the surgeons busied themselves fooling with the intestines on account of his deed......

The first things I learned about scrubbing a case as a medical student were 1. Don't argue with someone who says your gown or gloves are contaminated, and 2.If you break wind in the OR on an abdominal case, fess up.

Read the whole thing....
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