Snake (part II)
Now don't get me wrong. I am not a fan of the war, but I am a complete supporter of our military. If giving these guys some extra time will help them to survive, or to save another life then I'm all for it. Unfortunately, in their 8 months of medical training, these guys have realized that they must have a complete mastery of all things medical and therefore can tell the nurses what we should and shouldn't be doing. (this is a bit of a generalization, of course.... there are some good ones too) Most of them are hot shot-all knowing pricks that we tolerate for the 2-3 weeks that they are around.
So, back to the snake man. The guys were more than a little excited about this snake bite. When the patient actually got there I had trouble getting to the bedside for all of the SF medics. They put him on the monitor, bp and pulse ox while I did an exam. When they inflated the BP cuff the patient started screaming. Some dumbass put the BP cuff on the side of the bite..... the arm was already swollen to the elbow and excruciatingly painful.
When I asked who did it one guy raised his hand. I told him to go help one of my other patients to x-ray and then he could come back. (essentially kicked him out of the room) I know that I am now on the shit list, but he fucked up and could have seriously injured the patient. I didn't see this kid come back into one of my rooms for the rest of the night. I'm sorry, but I don't back down to these guys..... I don't care if they are Rangers, Seals or Barney the Purple freaking dinosaur!