Archive July 2017 XVIII, No. 7

Behind Closed Doors: Surgical Superheroes

Imagine what we could do if we had extraordinary powers.

Paula Watkins

Paula Watkins, RN, CNOR



Mister Fantastic, that fictional superhero who can stretch his body into incredible lengths and shapes, got me thinking about working in the OR with extraordinary powers. Imagine being able to turn the gas and light on at the scope tower while simultaneously spiking the irrigation bags, turning on the suction, plugging in the cautery and fetching another bag of fluid from across the room. Yes, just think what we could accomplish if we had superhero super powers.

> Captain America Besides being the pinnacle of human physical perfection, this patriotic supersoldier possesses supreme intelligence. It would be nice to figure pharmacology doses without a calculator and to spell every word medicine throws at you to chart without spell-check.

> Thor A big boy carrying a big stick gives a new meaning to the phrase "Hammer Time." With a hammer like his, you could fix a lot of aged equipment you can't use because some parts are stuck together with stripped screws you can't loosen with WD-40.

> Spider Man Being 15 times more agile than a human would get me in and around all those tight places when trying to connect all the toys surgeons think they need to operate. Web slinging lets you travel from place to place and at great distances. This could help you avoid the age-old question: What was your turnover time? With Spidey-sense, I could detect when "Dr. Dreadful" was in the parking lot and headed my way. I hope that I'd resist the temptation to sling a plug of web across his mouth when he starts with his yelling and belittling of the scrub tech.

> Wolverine Possessing a powerful regenerative ability known as a healing factor would be great next time you drop stuff on your feet, or run over your toes with the robot or C-arm. Wolverine has 3 retractable claws housed within each forearm. We all know a good nurse always has sharp scissors at hand.

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