Little details matter

I’m intubating someone and I have the cords in my sights. I pick up the tube with the attached syringe and the packaging still mostly wrapped around it – moments before that I opened the packaging partially to keep it as close to clean as I could while I put the syringe on.

I should have made a bigger opening because the tube doesn’t slide out easily like I usually have it set up, and I have to ask someone to pull the packaging off for me, except I forget to remind them to do it gently. Whoever it is yanks on the packaging like he’s starting a chain saw and nearly takes the tube with him, not to mention part of me, causing the tip of the laryngoscope blade to leave the vallecula. Now I have to look again for the cords. This time, it’s not a big deal.

It’s funny how under pressure people are more excitable and their efforts are often a little too zealous.

2 thoughts on “Little details matter”

  1. “It’s funny how under pressure people are more excitable and their efforts are often a little too zealous.”

    Funny, yes, until someone gets an eye poked out !~!

    Love you blog, keep up the quality posts, please.

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