Agraphia Medical Tragicomedy

6Jul/07Off

And it begins…

Tonight I'm on trauma call.

I've never stitched on a living person before in my life. We're the only Level 1 Trauma center in the entire lower half of the state. It's the Friday after 4th of July, which means it's going to be an absolute madhouse on the trauma ward. On top of that, all the residents and interns started on Monday, so they have no idea what they're doing.

I am so terrified.

Also, I feel like a total poser in a white coat.

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  1. you’ll earn cred from the trauma team nurses and medics if you’re standing ready with your trauma sheers and warm blankets. volunteering to help roll the patient is a good excuse to get in close to the action if you end up getting pushed to the periphery. and if you end up getting scooted away in the rush, the medics (if they’re good) who brought the patient in are an excellent resource to delve more into the mechanism of injury. while everyone else is sticking fingers and tubes in, you can learn how much intrusion there was into the vehicle, how much blood loss at the scene, speed of the vehicles, etc. hope you have fun and learn a lot.

    wealthandtaste, emt-p

  2. i’m with you!!! ‘cept i dont know how often they call the med student for neuro….plus call only goes til 10…..ok so i’m not really with you—-good luck!!!!

  3. so did you survive?

  4. This is the moment I am looking forward to. Glad everyone seems to feel the same way about it. I love your blog! Being from the same southwestern Medical School as you and hoping to go into EM(but keeping an open mind) as I start 3rd year in a week, I love reading your stuff while I can. Keep writing boss, we love it!


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