On a lighter note.... As anaesthetists in private practice, we are often not unlike a travelling roadshow. In fact, in the distant past, the anaesthesia provider would travel armed with a big black bag containing his vapours and some method of delivery (generally a schimmelbusch mask.)
We have come a long way from the old days of dropping volatile vapours onto unsuspecting patients, to sophisticated anaesthesia delivery systems. However, the travelling anaesthetist is as much of a reality today as in the past.
Last week, on my private practice day, I counted how often I changed clothes. I went to 2 hospitals (one of them twice) during the day. Including getting out of my pyjamas into my street clothes, and then back into my pyjamas at the end of the day, I changed clothes 9 times.
Pyjamas - street clothes - theatre clothes at hospital 1 - to street clothes for trip across road to hospital 2 - theatre clothes at hospital 2 - street clothes for trip back across road to hospital 1 again - theatre clothes at hospital 1 (again) - street clothes for trip home - going out clothes - pyjamas again. Phew....This makes Clarke Kent look like an amateur.....
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