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Stress and ATLS

Will Owens trauma-list@trauma.org
Wed, 05 Jun 2002 23:01:07 -0400

Well said!  I am currently a resident in Emergency Medicine, and nothing 
galls me more than to hear a colleague whining about being "post-call" or 
"being slammed" in the ED.  As if this excuses him/her from clinical 
responsibility.  Ask anyone on the street--no one will tell you that 
medicine is an easy, 9-5 job.  If there is a degree of stress injected into 
ACLS/ATLS courses, GOOD!  Someone who spazzes under the pressure of a quiet 
simulation will surely spazz when the trauma bay or critical room is loud 
and panic is in the air.  The role of the physician is twofold--to make the 
decisions that help the patient and to LEAD the team!  Dr. Mattox, with your 
permission, I am going to have "Stress is the pabulum of productivity" 
emblazoned on the residency program handbook!

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