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The other day I saw an anesthesiologist grabbed by a patient who woke up during the middle of an I&D of a large leg wound. The patient put him in a headlock and punched him in the face. It happened so fast while we were at the other end of the table, no body could jump on him. The patient was a big dude and the poor anethesiologist was jacking with the airway when it happened so he got caught in a bad position. Broke his glasses and some abrasions to the docs face and a shiner, but no fracture. I guess they should have strapped his arms down as opposed to taping to the arm boards. The attending was super pissed, but then laughed it off. :laugh:


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My uncle, a big strong dude, has the family curse of having delayed and abnormal responses to medications. He was having shoulder surgery and the induction/anesthetic wasn't working, yet he didn't feel the anesthesia team was acknowledging his concerns that he wasn't asleep, so he grabbed the anesthesiologist and made him "aware of his concerns" in a manner not unlike that you mentioned. A large bolus of medication was given and my uncle doesn't remember what happened after.
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