PS. If you find out that you’re clueless and can’t do anything to change that, if it’s just embarrassment and won’t cost a life/license, don’t shrink back. Still put yourself out there, accept/acknowledge you DO NOT KNOW and learn
EVERY PATIENT IS UNIQUE; INDEPENDENT OF OTHERS WHEN YOU SCRUB IN.
You can NEVER say; Oh, because I scrubbed in thoroughly for patient A’s surgery 35minutes ago, I ‘d just do something quick and less for patient B. NEVER!!! Even if you have 10 surgeries in a day, the moment you step out of sterility, you’d carry out the process of scrubbing in again like you just bathe in mud!
Ok, not so intensely but you get? You do it over and over without getting tired; without slacking. You can’t take such chances when you’re handling patients that’d be opened up.
Sepsis is real. Very importantly, It can cost your patient a very torturous life, cost a life, even cost you your license. Stay meticulous!
KNOW WHAT YOU DID (DURING THE PROCESS OF SCRUBBING IN) ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO RECALL VIVIDLY AND TALK SOMEONE THROUGH IT.
The first time I scrubbed in(1/4), I was left guessing and that was very dangerous.
I said things blurred for me because they actually did. I was remembering things in parts. The apprehension I had that I could do something wrongly did not make it better for me.
I worked on that and took my subsequent scrub in procedures meticulously.
(For days after my first scrub in experience, I kept worrying about the patients. I wanted to ask the Dr. if they were ok. I was afraid that II might not have done something correctly hence, sepsis might have set in. It’s just a little paranoia. What kept my mind in order was the ability ti recall and go through what I had done).
Hope you learned something today?