Thursday, July 06, 2006

Advice for the New Doctor......
I first posted this two years ago, but it bears repeating:

Sew well, cut well, get well.

If in doubt, put in a drain.

If in doubt, use retention sutures.

It is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

You can't go wrong by getting out of bed.

Turn the PEEP down before sticking for a central line.

Honesty is the coin of the realm NEVER, EVER LIE

Make sure you read. With the new workhour limits your in-hospital education time is reduced. You need to read outside of the hospital. Every day.

If storms are ahead, load the boat.

Eat when you can, sleep when you can, and go to the bathroom when you can.

If it is not written in the chart, it did not happen.

"No truer friend, no worse enemy" applies not only to the Marine Corps but to the nursing staff as well. Treat nurses, respiratory therapists, phlebotomists, scrub techs, and all hospital personnel with respect. They can hurt you worse.

Better is the enemy of good.

Never prep yourself out of a good operation.

For the most part, all of the good operations have been invented, but there is always room for variations on a theme.

Never be the first, or the last, to perform a procedure, or prescribe a treatment.

The only thing more dangerous than an intern with a new pen is a resident with a new paper.

They can beat you down, but they can't stop the clock.
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