Check out SurgeXperiences 122

May 26, 2008 § Leave a comment

The 22nd edition of SurgeXperiences is up at The Paper Mask, the blog of Australian surgeon Sheepish.

Sheepish offers a good tip:

My tip – never let a sound recordist into your theatre, and if they do, insist that they remove that hairy dog from their microphone, unless you are happy for your patient to have their wound infected with bizarre and rare bacteria or fungi.

I couldn’t agree more. A zeppelin shotgun mic (as they’re called) with a windscreen is the exact opposite of clean. They start to smell after being used for a while, and I never heard of a windscreen being washed. A windscreen should, however, be totally unnecessary in an OR, where there’s usually no wind.

SurgeXperiences is a biweekly blog carnival, collecting the best of the surgical department of the medical blogosphere. Check out the back catalogue here. Read this if you would like to host an edition (highly recommended! I’ve hosted two editions myself).

The next edition will be up at Israeli anesthesiologist QuietusLeo’s blog The Sandman, on June 8th. He’s chosen the theme “The Philosophical side of Medicine” and is looking for some introspective blogging. Submit your posts here.

Inner scents revisited

May 21, 2008 § 3 Comments

A while ago I wrote a post about the smell of smoke from electrosurgery, wherein I said:

Opening the abdominal cavity does not emit any smells, unless there’s some infected parts, necrotic tissue, pierced bowels or gas present.

This week I filmed an operation where the bowels, or actually the stomach, was pierced on purpose. « Read the rest of this entry »

Filming surgery with camcorders

May 15, 2008 § 12 Comments

Medical videographer with a camcorder

The workhorse of most video production – the professional camcorder – is also one of the best tools for shooting a variety of surgical operations. But it has its limitations and for some types of operations it is simply useless. « Read the rest of this entry »

SurgeXperiences 121

May 11, 2008 § 15 Comments

Welcome to the 21st edition of SurgeXperiences – the one and only surgical blog carnival – collecting the best from the surgical department of the medical blogosphere. I chose to call this edition “Tools of the Trade”. So what are those tools, and what exactly is the trade? I think the great variety of posts collected here shed some light on the many challenges encountered by surgical people everyday, and the different instruments – be they of steel or grey matter – utilized to overcome them.

As I am no ancient mariner, I won’t attempt to rhyme. But as recent studies show that a picture says exactly the same as 1014 words, I’ll stick with what I know – visuals. I’ve decorated this edition with some photos I’ve taken of aesthetic surgical instruments. Enjoy. « Read the rest of this entry »

Six word memoir

May 6, 2008 § 2 Comments

I was tagged by rlbates who was tagged by Midwife With a Knife for the six word memoir meme.

The instructions? Write a 6 word memior and tag 6 others. Leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play.

rlbates – My life is full of stitches.

MWWAK’s – Catch a baby, watch the floor.

Scanman – Aiming for accuracy in grayscale images

And here’s mine:

Marveled at inner and outer landscapes

Which sums up my love for nature and anatomy, two important aspects of my life. Lots of other things are and have been important to me, but it’s simply impossible to distill them all into 6 words.

I really don’t like pushing stuff on others, but this somehow comes across as more meaningful than other memes. Makes you think. But as I’m running out of possible blogs to tag, I’ll break the rule and tag just these four: Øystein in Antarctica , Kariknapp, Jeffrey and makeminetrauma,

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