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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Trauma and Emergency Elective~ #3


Two of us are targeting to learn something from secondary triage cubicle. So we go there and tell the Medical Assistant that we want to tag with him. He is nice and friendly. *hope to learn some procedures shines brightly* Unfortunately, it's the time for him to change shift. -.-" But the medical assistant after him is also nice.

"Pandai ambil darah tak?"
"Tak pernah buat. Tapi nak belajar."


A patient is coming in. After he is taking simple patient's history, he asked us to prepare some drugs to be injected to relief the patient's feeling of nausea.

"Cari (maxolone)metochlopramide, ranitidine dengan.... *i forgot the last one*"
"Macamana nak prepare?"
"Ambil syringe bawah tu."
"Ooo.. Ok."

So both of us take out the three bottles of drugs and start to prepare. With some difficulties I managed to prepare for one drug. So I took another one while my friend (Zulaikha) tries to prepare one.

"Boleh? Eh.. Kenapa tak guna jarummm??"


Both of us look to each other and put on an embarrassed faces. Quickly we take the needles and easily aspirate the drugs from the bottle. Seriously.... -.-"

After the patient is out, both of us with red faces try to hold in our laughter out of embarrassment.

"Tak apa.. belajar.." he said without facing us like he knew we are embarrassed.


A man come in. He's having fever. So, the blood has to be withdrawn as dengue fever is suspected.

"Nak cuba ambil darah?"
"Ok. Ambil gloves, syringe dan jarum."

I try to find the vein to be poked on his left forearm. Starting with basmalah I poke. The result is... no blood is coming out. My eyes trying to get help from the MA. He smiles and takes the syringe with the needle that I have poked in to the patient and try to find the vein. He just moves the needle where he thinks there's vein and gotcha.. Blood is coming out. He sucks the blood using syringe and put it in a purple cap bottle.

I smiled and sighed.

"Cucuk ajee.." another comfort words given by him with a smile.

p/s: Post #4 belum tulissss... lama lah gap nih agaknya. haha.. =p

Friday, January 17, 2014

Trauma and Emergency Elective~ #2


We come into red zone where patients with needs of urgent treatment come in. A patient with chest pain is in one of the cubicles. I'm there watching a Chinese HO doing an ECG. Some doctors there are asking that HO to confirm the area of infarction by doing posterior and right ECG. It's the first time I heard about the posterior one and yesterday I accidentally found about the right ECG when I read Master The Board. So I reach the patient's posterior ECG paper and try to interpret it. But it's look the same as the usual ECG. No difference.

While the Chinese HO is typing the patient's info I asked him about it.
"Doktor.. Nak tanya boleh?"
"Em. Iya?"
"Posterior ECG tu macamana?"
"Oh.. Lebih kurang je macam ECG biasa."
"Kenapa kita kena buat posterior ECG tu?"
"Em sebab nak confirmkan area of infarction. Is it really posterior or no."
"Oh.. Tak boleh ke confirm by usual ECG?"
"Kalau usual ECG tak jelas, then kita buat posterior and right ECG tu."
"Oh. Ok. Thank you!"

A few minutes later, an old man is pushed into one of the cubicles. He got stroke.

"Hah. Korang students final year kan? Apalagi? Pergilah buat apa yang patut. Cucuk branula ke.. Pasang ECG semua." said one of the female doctors there. I'm not sure whether she's HO or MO.

I quickly grab the chance as I have been longed to do the branula. I put on gloves and get the green branula. I'm a bit nervous as the patient is an old man. Some people said that it's quite difficult to do branula on old people and children. But actually the old man's vein is quite obvious.

I put on a tourniquet. Try to find obvious vein. Wipe some alcohol over the patient's right dorsal hand. I found my target and poke. But there's no blood flow in the branula. Means I'm not in. Oh my!

Quickly, I pull out the branula without having cotton on it. And blood is coming out from the punctured area onto my gloves! Oh no...
In a meanwhile, someone has come to save me! Or actually save the patient. =p It's the same Chinese HO that I asked him the question about posterior ECG.
He takes some cotton ball and press on the area where the blood is flowing and take off the tourniquet. I take a glance at his nametag. It's written Dr. K. I back off from the patient's hand and pull out my bloody gloves. Dr. K wipes and clean the blood from the patient's hand while he still pressing the cotton ball. I take another green branula and give it to him.

"No. You do it again."
"Huh? Me?" *stunt face*
"Yes. You try it again."

I clenched my teeth take a deep breath and put on gloves. This time under supervision.
He helps me putting the tourniquet and finding a suitable vein. He sees my hand is in tremor. Me too. Zulaikha too.

"Nervous ke? Jangan nervous." I heard his voice.

I poke the vein. And... there's backflow! I'm happy! Then I try to put in all the needle part of branula after pulling out a little bit the needle leaving behind the small size straw to stay in the vein. And... it's bunk! Failed! Hmpphh..

"Hmm.. take out the needle." asked Dr. K and he gives a cotton ball to press on that area.
"Kenapa nervous..? Jangan nervous..." he asked me with a bit disappointment in his voice.
"Sebab dia orang tuaa....." I spontaneously and childishly answered him back.
I put on an innocent face.
Meanwhile a female Malay HO already put on branula at the patient's left hand.

"Nak try buat ECG?" One of Cyberjaya medical students asked Zulaikha.
"Eh.. Tak pelah. Awak buatlah." Zulaikha refused.
"Kita dah banyak kali buat. Nak bagilah peluang kat orang lain pulak.."
"Izzah nak buat?" Zulaikha offered the offer she has refused to me.
I smile and nod enthusiastically. I start putting on the leads.

After confirming it's on the right place, I try to print it out. But... I don't actually familiar with the machine. So I just press on some buttons randomly that I think it might print the ECG out. Unfortunately, the machine doesn't want to work with my randomly pressed buttons.
Here comes the hero of the day, Dr K!

He presses some buttons and the ECG printed out! I put on a palm face.
He smiles and teaches how to use it step by step.

Oh what a day with Dr. K!~

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Trauma and Emergency Elective~ #1


I'm observing the docs and nurses are trying to take blood sample from a febrile seizure child. While other students there tried to help by holding the patient so that the doc could do the canula I was just observing from side.

"Dik, tolong ambil mesin DXT.."

Err.. is she asking me? Of course. Coz others at that time have given their hands.
I was like, ok.. what's that? My eyes trying to get help from Zulaikha (my elective partner). But she also didn't know what's that. I put on a blurry face and look at the doc who asked me.

"Mesin apa?"
"Mesin DXT. Pergi sana. Tanya staff."
"Oh.. Ok.."

I ran to the place where the other med students were there.

"Em.. korang, mesin DST tu.. kat mana?"
"Ha? DST?" they put on their forehead folds.

One of them said, "Ohh.. mesin DXT.." and she took it and gave to me.
Ok fine.. It's actually the glucocheck thingy.. -.-"

A child came into emergency department having high fever. While they access him,

"Dik.. tolong ambil PCM."

Ok.. is it me againnn.. Now.. what's the PCM thingy?

I went asked a med student. She asked a staff where's the PCM.

"Nak tablet ke suppository?"
*sengih* Put on blurry face again.

The staff went to the place where the child is and asked. And they said they didn't need it anymore.


Ok. Itulah hari pertama elektif. Hari blurr dan balik awal. Sedikit down. Biasalah baru nak adapt. Need time.
Depa suka sangat pakai abbreviations. Haih laa..