Trau·ma  Junk· ie  ( 'trau-m&  'j&[ng]-kE) n. Slang
  1. One who has an insatiable interest, devotion or addiction to responding and assisting people with serious injury or shock to the body, as from violence or an accident.

Happy Respiratory Care Week, Everybody

For the first time ever, I can now consider myself a part of Respiratory Care week. In the spirit of Respiratory Therapy, I'd like to add to my ongoing list of "Reasons You Might Be an RRT/RT Student" (see here and here), just for fun...

You might be an RRT/RT Student if...
26. You believe that unspeakable evils will befall you if anyone says, "Boy, it sure is quiet around here."
27. You hate working on nights with a full moon
28. Terms like "sympathomimetic adrenergic beta-2 agonists," "anticholinergic parasympatholytic bronchodilators," and, "hydropneumothorax," all make sense to you.
29. A nurse pisses you off, and you kindly tell your patient, "If you need anything, and I mean anything at all, don't hesitate to use your call light," knowing that you will be in the RT department for most of the shift.
30. In the RT program, a study group for you involves/involved Egan's Fundamentals of Respiratory Care, a Red Bull (or two), and your class notes.
31. You either work night shift or want to work night shift to avoid all of the daily, BID, TID, and QID breathing treatments.
32. You know that an SpO2 of 100% does not rule out hypoxemia
33. You have no problem discussing sputum over lunch.
34. You've ever had a nurse call you about an alarming vent or BiPAP, asked them what the alarm sounded like, and were able to tell them how to fix it over the phone.
35. You've found yourself saying, "Good cough!" to complete strangers.


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