After finishing my second book by Dr. David Gelber, my first thought was "I want to sit next to this guy at the next Medical Staff dinner". I thoroughly enjoyed his first book, Behind the Mask , and Under the Drapes was no certainly no dissappointment. What did I learn?
- The value of a proper patient interview instead of just a quick trip to CT
- All bleeding stops... eventually? (Humm, this is also relevant on the non-clinical side of healthcare.)
- There is something to be said about wearing clean underwear... and realizing that your body adornments are likely to be noticed when you are being examined for signs of trauma
- Yep! Throwing instruments, belittling and berating staff, and ignoring patients and their families questions and concerns, are definitely uncool!
- Some cases are disasters... and mistakes only make them worse.
- A surgeon's dream: the "Surgery Pole"! Think Marcus Welby and Batman... prepped for surgery in a second!
- Attention inventors:
- Razo-vac needed - a mini dust buster with built-in shaver!
- What about a thought-directed lightspeed operative field illuminator instead of those silly forehead flashlights that never seem to be aimed in the right place.
- Health reform means physician incomes will go down, so consider new sources... like the medical office gift shop, lab coat advertising or internal tattoos! The possibilities are endless when you use a little creativity!
Hopefully, you now realize why I want to sit next to Dr. Gelber at the next Medical Staff dinner. He is thoughtful, compassionate, real ... and wildly funny!