a lighter moment during ward round in a maternity ward with the long row of beds with preggies
27/M/G1P0 @ 37w2D
a house officer presented...
"this is a twenty seven years old male G one P zero at .... oops... "
and few weeks later,
"what's the weight of the baby by scan?"
a different house officer post tagging...
"it's three thousand four hundred and thirty three grams."
"oh, so how heavy is that in milligrams?"
"Err.... hmm... "
In another wards, same day...
"So is the throat swab taken for H1N1?"
Chorus of house officers... "Yes!"
"So what's H1N1? What virus is it?"
HO1: Err... H1N1 virus..
HO3: flu virus (after overheard preliminary whispers of HO4)
HO4: influenza virus
"So, what's H? What's N?"
HO1-4:(blank stare, as if H1N1 is a fresh virus hitting our shores)
Conclusion: A small prospective study on the knowledge of house officers on the knowledge on Influenza A virus of H1N1 subtype can safely conclude that only a minority (25%) knows that it is an Influenza virus and everyone (100%) do not really give a damn what the f does H or N stands for.