Is it too much to ask for people to pull their own weight?
I took minutes for the meeting today.
One of the round table items: having a prepared bin ready for an exploratory laparotomy.
People thought this was great.
Everyone should know how to pull an ex lap from the supplies kept in the OR core.
This is a knife and butter case.
This is the most basic of the larger cases.
And you should very well be able to pull it from the stock in the core.
I was told to think of the children.
No, not really.
I was told to think of the inexperienced nurse.
I held my eye roll, just barely.
I said, I was thinking of the inexperienced nurse.
You know how you get experience, asked Bacall of Bogart?
You get in there and do it.
An ex lap case: a set up pack, a double basin, a laparotomy drape, a 3/4 drape, gowns and gloves for the doctor(s), a grounding pad, 0 silk ties, 2-0 silk ties, 3-0 silk on an SH needle, towels, a foley kit (that’s for you), a major instrument tray , a major retractor tray.
The rest is just dressing and closing suture.