VOLUME 34, ISSUE 1

 

Protocol

Rhashedah A. Ekeoduru, M.D.


My glasses are fogging

Too big, too loose

Non-rebreather, fit tested

Did I re-use the mask too many times?

Protocol.


Achy, cracked hands

Too much scrubbing

Ceremonial, almost religious washing

Am I clean?

Protocol.


Sweat gathers damply on my brow

Too hot, suffocating

Scrubs, gown, gloves, mask, face shield

Did I don correctly?

Protocol.


My heart is pounding in my ears

Too fast, racing

Propofol, lidocaine, rocuronium

Will he cough?

Protocol.


My thoughts are screaming

Too loud, scared

Videoscope, suction

Am I too close?

Protocol.


My body slackens

Relief The tube is in

Will I get sick?

Protocol.


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