My attending on anti-coagulation in the hospital (okay, I’m paraphrasing):
“I think anti-coagulation is one of the most frustrating and unrewarding parts of medicine, because you never see the positive outcomes, you only see the strokes when you don’t anti-coagulate, or the bleeds when you do.”
I’m on the floor today typing up my note (go electronic medical record go!) and I see a patient call his nurse into his room. “It’s really bothering me,” he mumbles, and the nurse whooshes the curtain closed.
“Turn over,” she sighs.
A few seconds later, the patient says, “I think it’s a cling on, but I can’t seem to find it!”
I shutter. The poor nurse is being asked to look for a piece of poop stuck between the patient’s butt cheeks.
Here’s to you, nurses.