Tuesday, August 21, 2007

A new perspective

I've scrubbed into my fair share of surgeries thus far in med school, but I've always been standing down by the surgeon-generated hole in the patient. Now, on anesthesia, I'm up at the head of the bed, and it's a different perspective in more ways than one. When you're controlling someone's airway, or bag-mask ventilating a patient whose diaphragm is paralyzed and is depending utterly on you for their oxygen, it's a whole new feeling of responsibility. Anesthesia residents are some of the coolest cats in the hospital, and I'm starting to understand why.



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