I was helping a room move a patient to the bed as the case was done.
When I noticed that the positioner was in a clamp that was, in a word, janky.
It was an ill fitting rusted clamp.
That was on upside down.
I asked the room why this clamp.
Why this clamp that I was pretty sure had been thrown away.
Someone had obviously saved it.
The nurse in the room laughed and said she could not find any other clamps.
I looked at her incredulously.
No other clamps, I repeated.
I can find 20 clamps in 5 minutes.
No one believed me.
The nurse and the tech trailed behind me as I went to the desk and labeled 6 pieces of paper with the numbers 1-6.
I looked at the nurse who could not find any other clamps and told her to time me.
I went through all of the OR rooms in four minutes and 32 seconds.
I did not find 20 clamps.
I found 30.
At the end, I explained to them the best hiding in plain sight that clamps do.