Med School Hell – Sterile Field THIS

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March 14, 2007
By: Cherokee


You’re pissed off at an attending surgeon in the OR. Which, frankly, could be all the time. To heck with a potential illustrious career in medicine, time to get even! Some possibilities*:

  • Secretly deglove and hand the surgeon a retractor with your bare hand. Mention that your hands were uncomfortable since they don’t stock an 8.375 glove size.
  • Walk into the OR while eating a piece of fried chicken. You had no breakfast, and it’s lunchtime, so you have a right to eat. Be firm.
  • Remove your facemask and accidently sneeze/cough/spit on the surgeon’s hands right after he gloves.
  • Unplug the bovie machine when the surgeon least expects it. Laugh and tell him to lighten up…you’re just foolin’.
  • Descrub during an important part of an afternoon surgery, and tell the surgeon you just remembered your dog needs his midday doggie treat.
  • While the surgeon is putting on scrubs, remove your gloves and try to touch everything that is sterile.
  • During the surgery, push on the instrument table lever so it falls. The louder, the better. Chuckle as the scrub tech tries to reassemble everything that’s still sterile.

*This is satire, for all of you easily offended people. Keeping a patient  sterile and safe during surgery is of the utmost importance.

(Unless it was a patient who was also a surgeon.)

**Just kidding.

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This article is part of Hoover’s Med School Hell series. Med School Hell reveals the crazy truth about the crappiness of the US medical education and healthcare system … while making you laugh so hard, you’ll crap in your pants.

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