Saturday, April 30, 2005
Logo of the 6th Swiss Juggling Convention, in Zürich 1992, used without permission
So I feel like I'm not getting enough done.
I'm trying to buy a house, do a good job at work, study for boards, read to prepare for talks, plan a vacation with some college friends... all while trying to get enough sleep and also not go insane, which means decompression time.
Mortgage insurance, home inspection, radon, homeowners insurance, down payment, closing costs, argh!
They say life events are very stressful. Several are going on now. I don't even have kids or a wife or girlfriend to distract me. I've been neglect the cat. I don't know how some people do it. They are amazing.
Damn, I need a haircut too.
Sunday, April 24, 2005
Image used without permission from USGS via Wikipedia.org
Just got back from an intensive 3 1/2 day Board Review Course in Chicago. It kicked my butt. I hope I'm ready in 10 weeks. I've gotten great traning in anesthesia, but I still don't feel ready to take the boards (again). The course was worth the extensive fee though. We'll see if it was really worth it when I get my scores.
Sunday, April 17, 2005
Lately on the radio they've been playing (Gimme Some) Sugar(remix) by Trick Daddy, featuring Ludacris, Lil' Kim, and Cee-Lo. It's a great song. They have some amazing rhymes.
One verse by Lil' Kim goes "I give ya high blood pressure like a diabetic". I know they're trying to relate the diabetes theme in as the title is Gimme Some Sugar, but I don't know that diabetes cause hypertension. They are associated however it seems. I guess she's saying she's so hot she raises your blood pressure.
Oh well, I can't hold it against them. I still like the genre. I still like the song.
Thursday, April 14, 2005
There are several things that would have to occur to make this a successful suit.
First of all, it requires a bad relationship with the patient. In this case, it was fully explained to the patient, and the procedure to correct the problem was immediately arranged. The patient seemed very understanding. For the second reason we need to go to my lawyer buddies.
A tort is a wrongful act other than a breach of contract that injures another and for which the law imposes civil liability. There are four elements of a tort as I understand it
- Breach of Duty
If all four are not present a tort should not be successful. In this case, there was a duty, and that duty was definitely breached. Most of the time, the act in question does not involve arguing breach of duty, it is assumed to have happened. There also needs to be damages or harm associated with the breach of duty, and the damages must be caused by the breach of duty. If there is no damages, there is no tort. If there are damages, but no causation, there is no tort. In this case, there were no damages to the patient other than having to go through the corrective procedure. So there should no sucesful tort possible.
looking through my visitor statistics, apparently I'm the 27th choice for a google search of the movie SuperSize Me. Interesting.
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Monday, April 11, 2005
I'm sort of sleepy there looking at my laptop screen in the anesthesia library... and I hear "Anesthesia Staff Stat to ER!" This is not normal. This is usually our safety system in the OR, if something crazy is happening in the OR and you need emergency help or an extra hand, anyone can call overhead to get someone into the room. Residents, CRNAs, or even faculty anesthesiologists can call out and get help. i.e. "Anesthesia staff stat to OR 12." So to hear this page at all means something isn't going well. This is the first time I've heard this call to somewhere other than the OR. Usually that is reserved for the Anesthesia group pager or the code Blue pager. So I figure I'd better get off my butt and see if they need a hand. I walk quickly down the hall (I never run, because 1.If I fall on my face they'll be two patients instead of one 2.I'm out of shape ) A couple of other staff are headed the same way. One of them is relatively new and she doesn't even know where the ER is so she joins us. We cruise down the stairs, swipe our IDs through the security door and head toward the trauma bays. Quite a few others are there already in addition to the ER people, some various nurses and other doctors.
I look at the patient and you know they're in trouble. In medical circles it's sometimes referred to as FLK... funny looking kid... A small really tiny kid with small receding jaw with a massive overbite. Almost Pierre-Robin like in look (GIS for Pierre-Robin) I know immediately that he's going to be difficult to intubate. Now as misunderstood as I usually claim anesthesiology is, most would agree that in addition to the ENT surgeons, we are airway specialists. I see them take a look with a laryngoscope and they see nothing. They look with a fiberoptic scope and they see nothing... by now they've called ENT and peds ENT for a possible emergent tracheostomy. Peds anesthesia has been called to bring their code box and airway equipment. Lucky they are barely able to mask ventilate the patient. I also notice the scar on the patient's neck indicating a previous tracheostomy. They're still having no luck with using a fiberoptic scope for intubation. Incidentally someone mentions that this "kid" is 28 years old.... something like 60 pounds and change.
He's starting to breathe now. He had stopped breathing earlier for some still unknown reason. Seizures and sleep apnea are mentioned. Since he's breathing now and still maintaining his oxygen saturation we decide to get up to the OR where more instruments (and a more controlled setting) are available.
So we run up and this patient recieves and awake tracheostomy, which is the ultimate in secure airways. Ends up that this "kid" as an unknown syndrome and some history of autism (though lives on his own) and has been trached in the past for losing his airway during a seizure eight months ago.
This is an anesthesiologist's nightmare. We have all sorts of tricks and techniques to control the airway. But sometimes we fail. The trick is knowing when to call for help as a good senior anesthesiology resident did, and when you've tried things and they aren't working to call for a definitive surgical airway when necessary. It's hard to ask for help. In this case I think we saved this guy's life. Now someone just needs to figure out why he's having seizures (already on two anti-seizure medications)
Saturday, April 09, 2005
Thursday, April 07, 2005
Now I don't know if this is all true. I'm hearing it second hand. But i heard it from two people.
(BTW, he's a great surgeon)
Tuesday, April 05, 2005
It's my first submission and post there...
If you're not familiar with term Grand Rounds... it's basically a conference where people talk about a particular subject or recent events in the department. Often there's a guest speaker or something. Evidently it's taken from John Hopkins hospital back in the day. The patient's rooms were in the rotunda and to see them you went "a round" Everything medical has to have "rounds" after it it seems
Seeing patients with your team before the attending arrives is "work rounds"
Seeing patients by yourself before work rounds is "pre-rounding"
Seeing patients with your attending is just "rounds"
Seeing patients with special attending for education purposes is "teaching rounds"
"Grand Rounds" is usually the department's weekly conference.
Eating is "p.o. (per ora) rounds"
Also it it means staffing friends. I've become friends with a lot of the residents because we were in the same program before I was an attending, and we've remained friends. I try to be laid back about the whole process. This morning we bring the patient back into the room after the resident puts in an arterial line and thoracic epidural in the pre-op area. I look at the top of his cart. Now there's supposed to be a bunch of medications available for me to help put the patient asleep. And in addition there's supposed to be some emergency drugs there 'just in case' something happens. I look and there's a couple of syringes of paralytic sitting there. Nothing there to put the patient asleep, nothing to use in case of emergency. He turns and says he forgot the induction agent so we send our medical student running to the pharmacy while we put the patient on monitors. I didn't want to make a big deal of everything so I draw up some emergency drugs while he's fiddling with things. The student comes back and we put the patient asleep. We're getting things worked out and just comment to him that even though we're friends we need to be a little more prepared to do these cases. He gives me a funny look and chuckles. He points to his pocket and the emergency drugs are there ready to go. He says he was wondering why I drew up the other stuff. Ha ha.. now don't I look silly. SO STRESSFUL... people need to tell me things