Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Vomit Comet

Grossest intubation ever. An older fellow who had been mouth breathing for lord knows how long suddenly required intubation during rounds. His airway was nearly completely occluded by thick, crusty, dried out secretions. I was wearing an N95 mask as per policy. Thank god, because I was totally dry heaving. I can put up with most disgusting things. Like the most disgusting suction (some things should not be inside lungs) followed by lunch eating. No problem.

As I was waiting patiently for multiple residents to figure out intubation, and could see the whole thing on the glydescope, tears were streaming down my face as I dry heaved.

I need to work more frequently. I'm losing my touch.

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