In trouble again for holding people up to my standards

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.

I objected.

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.

That’s it.

The rest is just dressing and closing suture.

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