Jul 17, 2011

doctors and stains...

You recognize a surgeon or an ob-gyn because he has blood on his shoes, a urologist because he has urine on his, and an anesthetist because on his you see spots of spilled coffee.
—Bernard Cristalli

I guess we stained ourselves regularly, some more regular than others.
Anyway, perhaps a bit contrary to what generally perceived by the medical fraternity, i think the anesthetic team in my hospy is just pure awesome in some way or another, especially the ones who are on call with me during this weekend.

at a point, between managing the ill patient in ICU and strolling that same patient in for procedure, the anaesthetic team reminded us about getting our midday consumption.

whether or not we ate in to their suggestion yesterday is of complete irrelevance. nevertheless, the importance of food and fluid intake, in quantity and quality, can and will determine the quality of our work and generally our health in the long term time frame. that's a fact, not a fantasy.

regularly, it is common to see anaesthetic specialist coming into the OT to chase their medical officers out for the food consumptions. At times, when there is lack of variety in satisfying their palates, they will organize something from outside.

reminds me of the time when i was in my last posting as house officer, when i started the 'tabung hypo' for the male medical ward of kenanga 7. i bought a huge packets of sweets and put it into a large jar. And anyone, which is too busy to catch a meal can take one of the sweets of their likings for hypoglycaemic prevention. it was there for sometime until someone took it out, possibly due to its lack of relevance since now there is 6 to 7 house officers, compared to my time, when it was maximum... yes, maximum 2 house officers per ward. Now, possibly they need 'tabung kurang berat' stuffed with metformin tabs, sibutramine tabs, high fibre drinks or skipping ropes.

often it is not the lack of food that is killing the the medical practitioner slowly, it is the lack of fluid and hydration, causing dehydration.

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