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ears to everything. The best scrub techs with the most experience helped him get acquainted with instrument sets and took their own notes of his preferences. The most experienced circulator took him under her wing, clearing many obstacles so he could soar. From the moment he took flight, it didn't take long for the suddenly confident doc to get a little too comfortable. He strolled in three hours late for surgery, tossing his two phones on the circulator's COW and cutely demanding that all his calls be answered. He wanted us to jot down who called on a card in handwriting he could read. I'm looking forward to possibly running into him again, so I can tell him how I real- ly feel. I think he'll get the message. The adrenaline rush. Thanks to the pandemic, normal rooms now require a more concentrated cleaning between cases. Don't get me wrong, that's a very good thing for everyone involved. Still, what's going to happen to sacred turnover times? Regardless of the speed at which we move in a COVID-19 era, I'm actually excited about getting back to working in a fast-paced OR. God help me. Standoffs with anesthesia. I've only had a few dig-in-my-heels dis- putes with the head of the table. The most memorable involved me refusing to move a patient during a rather vicious moment of regurgi- tation. The anesthesiologist loudly insisted that I immediately move the patient to the OR because she needed to perform a rapid sequence induction. (I'm convinced she was gagging behind her mask.) I gave her the look — you know the one — and said firmly and not so polite- ly, "Not until she's given a Zofran IV so it at least appears we have some compassion for her discomfort." Luckily, this episode was an exception. I've been fortunate enough to work with some extraordi- nary anesthesia pros over the years. Still, I'm excited to put my look — you know the one — back to good use. Behind Closed Doors CD 1 1 6 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U N E 2 0 2 0

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