Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Stories from the Twilight Zone

HO#1: The bloodbank did not have any blood to send up for this patient.

MO: How can that be? No blood at all?

HO#1: No, they said completely zero. They even confirmed it with a +.

MO looks at the chart to verify. Written on the chart was O+.


MO: Patient is low on Vit B12. Please order this for the patient.

The next day:

HO#2: The pharmacy did not have any Vit B12. But I took care of the problem. I gave the patient 2 doses of Vit B6.


We met up with our buddies in Penang for lunch. I almost died when my friends shared the above real-life stories. It would have been hilarious, had it not been true. These 'doctors' should not be out running around in our public hospitals treating patients.

11 Comments:

Blogger pilocarpine said...

welcome to the tip of the iceberg..

5:05 AM  
Anonymous mayan said...

hahahahhaaa.... did u meet up with shaun as well? these were from shaun & yewching... shocking right... the B12 statement is from a HO at UMMC!!!

6:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is SUPER scary, and this is before all the new grads from the many private medical universities have even flooded the system. if you didn't mention that it was from real-life experiences, would have thought this was part of a medical joke book or something!

10:22 AM  
Anonymous MH POON said...

My consultant told me a story of unexplained deaths in one particular room in the ICU. People call it the jinxed room.

Noone could figure out the reason, until one day when a janitor was seen unplugging the life support machine and used the socket for her vacuum cleaner.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is indeed disappointing and scary to hear such stories. I do not know where they have graduated from, but I am assuming that they're either from Russia/Indonesia/not UK/not US/not Australia/not local grad. If my assumptions were incorrect, please don't bite my head off :D

First, I hope I don't offend any of you here. I guess I should start off by saying that I am a medical student in Russia. There are many reasons as to this, but I'm sure you are already aware of them. Suffice to say that of course Russia is not my first choice, but what else can I do without a scholarship?

Secondly, let me try to tell you about our life here. My university is in Moscow, to put it loosely. This is because all of our buildings/faculties are situated throughout the city. We travel at least 1 and a half hours to get to class each day, and another 1.5 hours back to the hostel. Worst part is, some of us don't even have a permanent hostel and live like nomads.

Third, they had actually promised us that the instruction would be in English. However, that is not true in some instances. For example, our 4th year subject, topographical anatomy, is wholly in russian. Furthermore, some of the teachers speak really broken English, for example, 'Please remove yourselves' etc etc.

For my part, I try my best to just plow through those classes, but it is very discouraging because some of the teachers are just not interested in teaching.

With regards to practical skills, my university requires us to do a one month elective from 3rd year onwards. Since last year, the university told us that our MMC back home has required us to do it here in Moscow. It was a total farce. Our juniors were made to mop the floors, fold bedsheets, etc. And the worst part is, our student body president has brought pictures of these things happening back home, shown it to 'them', and yet nothing is happening.

They are threatening to expel us if we don't do it here. I know all of this sounds like whining, and it is, in part; but more than that, we need help. I need help. I never, ever want to kill or harm a patient due to negligence.

I've heard of the constant prejudice towards doctors from Russia, and deservedly so in some cases. It is really discouraging to hear stories like that from our seniors who are HOs currently. I am not making up excuses for some of the students here who drink the days away, but beyond that, there are still some of us who want to be good doctors, some of us who still care. It's just that we don't know what else we can do.

Once again, I apologize if I've offended anyone, and I also apologize for writing such a long comment and for being so disorganized about it.

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is indeed disappointing and scary to hear such stories. I do not know where they have graduated from, but I am assuming that they're either from Russia/Indonesia/not UK/not US/not Australia/not local grad. If my assumptions were incorrect, please don't bite my head off :D

First, I hope I don't offend any of you here. I guess I should start off by saying that I am a medical student in Russia. There are many reasons as to this, but I'm sure you are already aware of them. Suffice to say that of course Russia is not my first choice, but what else can I do without a scholarship?

Secondly, let me try to tell you about our life here. My university is in Moscow, to put it loosely. This is because all of our buildings/faculties are situated throughout the city. We travel at least 1 and a half hours to get to class each day, and another 1.5 hours back to the hostel. Worst part is, some of us don't even have a permanent hostel and live like nomads.

Third, they had actually promised us that the instruction would be in English. However, that is not true in some instances. For example, our 4th year subject, topographical anatomy, is wholly in russian. Furthermore, some of the teachers speak really broken English, for example, 'Please remove yourselves' etc etc.

For my part, I try my best to just plow through those classes, but it is very discouraging because some of the teachers are just not interested in teaching.

With regards to practical skills, my university requires us to do a one month elective from 3rd year onwards. Since last year, the university told us that our MMC back home has required us to do it here in Moscow. It was a total farce. Our juniors were made to mop the floors, fold bedsheets, etc. And the worst part is, our student body president has brought pictures of these things happening back home, shown it to 'them', and yet nothing is happening.

They are threatening to expel us if we don't do it here. I know all of this sounds like whining, and it is, in part; but more than that, we need help. I need help. I never, ever want to kill or harm a patient due to negligence.

I've heard of the constant prejudice towards doctors from Russia, and deservedly so in some cases. It is really discouraging to hear stories like that from our seniors who are HOs currently. I am not making up excuses for some of the students here who drink the days away, but beyond that, there are still some of us who want to be good doctors, some of us who still care. It's just that we don't know what else we can do.

Once again, I apologize if I've offended anyone, and I also apologize for writing such a long comment and for being so disorganized about it.

1:21 PM  
Blogger ~YM~ said...

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8:12 PM  
Blogger ~YM~ said...

Haha..that janitor story was a fav quote from jokes on medical which can be found online. :P

8:12 PM  
Blogger Azman said...

sure or not UMMC pharmacy has no methylcobalamin? such instance is even more unlikely than a tool of a HO.

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