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A Young Jackanapes as a Scrub Nurse
Ahh.. It's Lent,  a historical time for introspection and coming clean with bad habits and misdeeds from the past. When more than one disinterested party brings attention to your personality flaws, it's time to pay attention, they probably have a legitimate...

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A Teeter Toter Surgeon
What goes up..Comes down..Hard Play grounds from my youth could be very dangerous places with heavy moving objects,  very hard  unforgiving landing places, and young toughs on the prowl in search of  unsuspecting  victims to intimidate. Teeter toters were a...

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Buidling A Culture of Life - One Wound Infection at a Time
The young surgeon in this advertisement is purportedly "building a culture of life."  I would like to add one caveat based on her inappropriate OR attire. Building a culture of life - one gram positive wound culture at a time. This ad really rankles my hack...

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OPEN SESAME
Open sesame or perhaps it was "open says me"  are the magical words in the tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves by which the door to the robbers' cave was made to pop open. Old school scrub nurses were masters of open sesame too, and could open any OR  do...

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When an avulsion type injury occurs to a lower extremity like a foot why is it called a   degloving injury?  (I even checked with the ICDM code)  Pardon my foolesque nature, but  it might be more accurate to call it a destocking injury.

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Now You See It - Now You Don't
Every surgeon is acutely aware of the risks associated with surgery and will rarely operate on poorly defined pathology except in dire situations. This usually works out very well; the X-rays show an arthritic hip and it's replaced or studies indicate a dis...

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Thanks for thinking of me, but I'm sticking with Preparation H

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Foolishness...Sparks....Sputters
I've been experiencing one of my mid winter brain freezes and had difficulty coming up with a coherent post so I stuffed a bunch of  3X5  index cards into my pocket and wrote down thoughts as they jumped into my  head. These were some of  the  nursing relat...

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Today is my mom's birthday. She graduated from St. Anthony's Hospital in Rockford, Illinois during the 1940's. She was a genuine coal shoveling nurse and liked to boast how quickly she could fire up the hospital boiler. As a child I remember encountering he...

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From the Anals of Anesthesia History
This photo was snapped in 1909 and immediately piqued my curiosity. At first glance, I guessed that this must be an old school exercise device, perhaps an inversion table or tilt table, but further investigation revealed that it's a set up for the rectal ad...
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