I’m done with just over a week of this rotation, and my goodness, things are finally starting to come together. Having never rotated through these operating rooms as a resident, everything was different! Using a Miller 2 laryngoscope by default, central lines for practically every case, new infusion pumps, new portable monitors, new fluid management systems, heck, even new IV/arterial line tubing! Since I started on a weekend call as my first shift (no orientation beforehand), it took forever to find anything! Five minutes just to find sterile 4×4 gauze… 😯

Not having done a general anesthetic in three months, I had a chance to shake off the rust and finally get back into the swing of things. Now I can marvel at how awesome these cases are! Our surgeons have ridiculously short cardiopulmonary bypass times, everyone is fast-tracked for extubation, and the attending anesthesiologists are usually covering only one room. Pretty awesome!

Hybrid operating room after a laser lead extraction

Tomorrow is the start to another week, fellowship interviews have been rolling in, I’ve almost finished upgrading all my walls at town hall 9 in Clash of Clans ( 😀 ), and I’m trying to stay engrossed in my in-training exam studies. Hope everyone has a great week! 🙂

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