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Basics of Blocks - April 2014 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 3 1 A P R I L 2 0 1 4 | O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E BEHIND CLOSED DOORS wrangled just 15 minutes ago have snaked into a tangle again. • What's height got to do with it? It's a consistent and comical tug-of- war: the OR table versus a surgeon's physical stature. I'm always try- ing to figure out why the shorter docs ask me to raise the table, then ask for 2 step stools. • Do you know who you're dealing with? One time, in the middle of a case, a surgeon ordered me to "get someone in here who knows what they're doing." I went out and called, but no one came. So I stayed to finish the case. In the OR, a mask and bouffant hat hide a lot of identi- fying details, I guess, because he didn't notice it was me until we were done and I lowered my mask to introduce myself again. OSM Ms. Watkins can be reached at pwatk ins12@comcast.net . OSE_1404_part3_Layout 1 4/4/14 2:43 PM Page 131

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