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.