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diarrhea during surgery?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by LizardKing, Aug 17, 2001.

  1. LizardKing

    LizardKing Veteran Member

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    ummm, I'm curious to know what a surgeon might do if he/she's got diarrhea during an intense, prolonged neurosurgery or something...any observations when you volunteered?
     
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  3. racergirl

    racergirl Senior Member

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    s/he'd say "Nurse! Poo-bucket! STAT!"
     
  4. SMW

    SMW Grand Member

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    What a question, LizardKing! Which beer are you on, racergirl? There's an edit funtion on this site (it's the little pencil) that lets you correct or delete a post.
     
  5. watto

    watto Sleek White Pantsuit

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    Ah, but there would have been SO much more irony if it had been a colo-rectal procedure...

    Bring me my poo bucket, sheesh!!
    -watto
     
  6. racergirl

    racergirl Senior Member

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    whoops. No more beer. Oh I mean just one more beer...after this next beer just one more beer..
     
  7. groundhog

    groundhog 1K Member

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    Good question. Are there really any naive pre-med types out there who don't know that disease can be ugly and smell bad?

    Actually, most folks do adjust to the unpleasant aspects of their jobs. I recall a US Navy corpsman telling me about his experience when given a stint of duty in the morgue. On his first autopsy he threw up while an experienced fellow corpsman ate a sandwich as he assisted with the procedure. A few months later, my friend was eating lunch and assisting with autopsies at the same time too.
     
  8. Djanaba

    Djanaba Senior Member

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    Um, it's what if the surgeon has diarrhea, not the patient being operated upon...

    It's always ok for an individual to scrub out and take care of nature's call. (Remember on ER when Elizabeth was pregnant and assisting her jerky boss in a case? She had to pee, and he wouldn't dismiss her, so she asked the circulating nurse to catheterize her. That's when he let her go pee.) The idea is that the patient won't be ok if the surgeon isn't, first. If there are sufficient other qualified staff, the procedure can continue, or else it stops for a bit in a non-critical fashion. Obviously, for some serious or trauma surgeries, this isn't so easy -- you'd call in another surgeon if one was available, suck it up and deal, or poo in the loo faster than you ever had before.

    That said, reasonable and forseeable prophylactic measures should be undertaken: if you drank a liter of Mt. Dew, pee first. If you've got giardia, don't scrub.
     

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