Uhh...That's Not Cool, Right?
I bring this up because today, on my first day of my next rotation (orthopedics), I had the chance to scrub in on a few cases with the residents and attending multiple times, allowing me to really appreciate the level of cleanliness that these people aspire to. Given this huge precedent for cleanliness, what followed after one surgery struck me as odd:
We finished up a case and everyone left the OR. I followed one of the senior residents to the doctors lounge. I then followed him to the bathroom, where we both proceeded to do our business. (I should add that much of my life these days is spent following people around because I don't have the slightest clue what the hell I should be doing most of the time, so if this guy thinks it's a good time to take a piss...well then it's a good time to take a piss! - seriously, why the hell don't they talk about this kind of crap in the medical school brochures?) Then, after pulling my scrubs back up (again, I should remind all the ladies how amazingly hot I look in scrubs), I walked over to the sink and began washing my hands in the sink, filling my hand with a blob of soap and scrubbing it over my hands under a stream of water. Meanwhile, the resident finished urinating, pulled up his scrubs...and walked out the door.
Now I know that he did not walk straight from the bathroom into the OR to cut someone open, but I still found that behavior odd. How could someone so devoted to maintaining the utmost level of cleanliness not wash his hands after taking a piss? After wiggling his penis in his hands a few times? After possibly experiencing some post-void splashback onto his hands (hey, it happens to the best of us)? Would you want someone like that cutting you open? Am I making a big deal out of nothing? Have I been up since 5 AM? Will I be getting up at 5 AM again tomorrow? Can I keep asking myself questions?
Anyways, just thought I'd throw that out there as something to think about.