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OK, this one means something mostly to other Operating Room people. Still, it's fun (IMOHO), and it is seasonal. And, I will cut to the chase:

On the Twelfth day of Christmas, my surgeon gave to me

12 nurses caring
11 scrubs a scrubbing
10 residents running
9 traumas bleeding
8 kocher's milking
7 cystos scoping
6 lasers lasing
5 Bookwalter Rings
4 call-in days
3 French drains
2 sterile gloves,
And a specimen in a petri.

If you need to ask to understand, I will answer.


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Dec. 18th, 2004 06:51 pm (UTC)
I could use some expansion of 8 and 5, if you would?
Dec. 19th, 2004 01:56 pm (UTC)

First, many surgical instruments etc. are named after the inventor/developer.

A Dr. Emil T. Kocher designed a type of surgical clamp.

Oil leaves a surface residue on those objects it's used to lubricate, which interferes with sterilization of that object. Milk, in an operating room, is a lubricant which leaves no residue, so the device being lubricated may be sterilized.

Thus, 8 kocher's milking is eight of these clamps being lubricated before being sterilized.

Dr. Bookwalter designed a rigid self-retaining retractor system, which allows us to free up hands whilst keeping things out of the way so we may see what we're doing to what we want to do it to. It consists of a post attached to the side of the operating table, with a crossbar, which holds a ring of assorted size and either round or oval shape. The standard set provides four such rings, and here at my place we've created a fifth extra large ring.
Dec. 20th, 2004 08:45 pm (UTC)
Okay, I understand that.

But. Milk? As a lubricant? Milk, like the stuff that comes out of cows? Doesn't it go sour? And how does it not leave a residue? (I'm not arguing with you, because I know you know what you're talking about, I'm just very, very confused.)
Dec. 20th, 2004 09:22 pm (UTC)
Ooopsy! Right, it's in the category of "I know what I'm talking about so everybody does..." *sound of head on desk*

It's called milk, because it's white. Doesn't come out of any mammalian creature. Comes from a factory. And because it's called milk, lubricating the instruments is called milking.
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