Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Cats and dogs
The ongoing war between surgeons and anaesthetist will always be the story to tell in the coffee room everyday. Ask any surgeon , or any anaesthetist ; how we would talk badly about the other person is ! Should this be the way of the future ? Obviously not lar..
Common quotes :
"Mr X insisted on doing that case and he didn't mind us ventilating the patient in the ward post op.. Palliative case what he said ..."
"PAtient came all the way from Penang and they cancelled his case because his BP is not well controlled .. short procedure only , takde otak ke ? "
" Don't worry .. it's a 20 minutes job.."
and we ended up 8 hours in the OT with 10L blood loss !!
Patient is being resuscitated ; CPR on table...
" Can i continue with the case ? "
It all boils down to communication between the two professionals. I myself would not be throwing tantrums if the surgeon was nice to me. Nice not in the sense of "ampu" or begging for mercy but for sharing information and being professional . Being open about the operation ; whether it's a f**ked up job or not should be the way because at the end of the day it is about the patient and not one's ego. People make mistakes and by excellent , well mannered communication will ensure optimum management and ultimate results for everybody's benefit.
this "RUmah Tumpangan Chow Kit road"-style bed awaits me tomorrow as I will be on call.. again..and again..and again...