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.

Behind every ambu bag... is an RT who could be on their lunch break

A while ago I started a series of posts that I mentioned I would contribute to off and on. These are a combination of my personal experiences, stories told by students, observations made while working in the hospital, and just random things that come to mind from time to time. Enjoy:

You might be an RRT/RT student if...
36. Not only are you familiar with the terms "blue bloater" and a "pink puffer," but you can probably tell which one a COPD pt is just by looking at them from across the room
37. You coworker can tell you that they just spent 45 minutes on pulmonary toilet and both of you know that it has nothing to do with the restroom
38. You know that wheezing after a bronchodilator SVN is sometimes okay
39. You spent a ton of time learning about Heli-Ox in school and have maybe seen it used one time in your career
40. Dalton's Law of Partial Pressures, Law of LaPlace, Frank-Starling Law, Boyle's Law, the Ideal Gas Law, and Law of Avogadro: you know these inside and out, as well as their practical application
41. You've found yourself telling others that "COPD isn't a disease. It's a group of diseases."
42. You hear vent alarms on your day off
43. You have avoided people in stores who are SOB
44. You're tempted to carry a pocket mask on dates (or to the store)
45. You've ever heard "Code Blue" in your sleep
46. You are often told by a doctor that "We need to get some sux in here, STAT" and you run off to do it while the family is in the hallway with blank stares on their faces...trying to figure out what the doctor REALLY meant by that statement.
47. You have ever said or overheard the following conversation between an RT and a nurse: "You deal with the stuff below the waist, and I'll deal with the stuff above the waist."
48. You've had days where all you do is sit around and wait for someone to code
49. You've had more days in which you never get to sit down and people are coding left and right.
50. You have calculated the pack year history of all your relatives and friends who smoke

If you have any you'd like to add, put them in a comment to share with everyone.

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