“What Makes Anaesthetists So Special?”

It is a well-known fact that anaesthetic doctors in South African public hospitals have guaranteed pre-call and post-call. The medical officers that I know from other surgical departments, all appreciate the reasons we insist on safe working hours. I have never heard them suggest it be taken away. But management staff and senior consultants (ofContinue reading ““What Makes Anaesthetists So Special?””

Train your trainees

Sometimes, I think clinicians forget that they were inexperienced and under-qualified juniors once, too. There is nothing admirable about learning to place an intercostal drain on YouTube, without senior supervision, as many of us like to brag.

Listen to me, Examine me, DIAGNOSE ME!

It seems that the in-thing is to want to be a hospitalist. I definitely feel that most doctors I know really enjoy ward-based consultations. It seems like clinics and pre-meds are just those annoying little things you have to do but that aren’t seen as being “important”.

Stories from the Paeds Slate

Anaesthesiology is hard, guys. And paediatric anaesthesia even more so. But I really like my days on the Paeds Slate because the theater is out-of-this-world amazing. Everything is in stock (well, mostly) and the nurses are out-of-this-world competent and everything is just nice. We gassed for a simple inguinal hernia repair and did a caudalContinue reading “Stories from the Paeds Slate”

Burns Patients

They come in all shapes and sizes. Little and bigger. Some are freshly burnt, the raw and sloughing flesh tender; for others it is just one more in a long line of surgeries to restore structure and function. The scarred flesh tells stories of multiple skin grafts. IV access is a nightmare. Some of themContinue reading “Burns Patients”

Surviving Anaesthesiology – Only Just!

I knew from the beginning that Anaesthesiology would be an incredibly difficult rotation for me. It is nothing like Medicine and nothing like Surgery, yet it encompasses both. I’ve given patients medicine before, but never had to use complex equations to do so. I’ve done lumbar punctures, but never had to inject something into theContinue reading “Surviving Anaesthesiology – Only Just!”

Redhead Anaesthetics

On Anaesthetics Call recently, we were administering spinal anaesthetic to a female patient for Cesarean section. She was a friendly redhead who reminded me a lot of Eleanor from Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park. She told us a lot of things, like that we would have to take the para-median approach to the spinal (weContinue reading “Redhead Anaesthetics”

Lessons from Anaesthesiology

I’ve been devoting three and a half loooong days to Anaesthesiology. It’s the big exam tomorrow. You might recall that I struggled a lot with this subject at the time of the class test. Well, I ended up doing pretty alright in that one. So the pressure is ON. As is my habit, I’ve managedContinue reading “Lessons from Anaesthesiology”