Imagine this scenario. You are an operating room nurse and your patient’s surgery is finished. You and the team, including the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, and a surgical technician/scrub nurse are getting ready to move the patient from the operating room bed to the gurney. But the surgeon isn’t paying attention.
The surgeon had spent most of the surgery complaining about hospital administration and he was still at it while you were moving the patient. This is common as the team talks about all sorts of things during surgery. The complaining? Yeah, that’s common too. What isn’t common is that as you were pulling the drawsheet with the patient tucked inside, the surgeon was putting the rollaboard under her and gave her such a hard push that you just about lost your balance and fell from the step-up stool onto the boom tower where much of the electronic equipment sits.