Today, well, last night was an odd one.
I got a page from a surgeon who needed to clear an abscess.
Not so unusual, we do a lot of abscesses.
But this patient had a tough airway.
Really they almost did not survive the last surgery tough airway.
I encouraged the surgeon to speak to the anesthesiologist as I was not sure they would be suitable for our community hospital.
Especially in the middle of the night.
With a skeleton crew of surgeon, anesthesia team, RN and scrub tech team.
I just didn’t feel it would be safe.
To quote Han Solo: ‘I’ve got a bad feeling about this.’
They did the case the next afternoon.
With loads of people around to help, if needed.