In my many travels around the operating room, different facilities have their little own specific quirks and preferences. However, I in my experience noticed that some things pretty much are the same. Therefore, I have compiled this list (albeit not exhaustive) that sums up the common OR-isms that we all tend to share:
1)You have a lifetime supply of unused gloves, towels, batteries etc. at home
2) You use Dermabond on EVERYTHING
4) Don’t flinch at the sight of excessive bodily fluids, but run as far away from the X-ray if you forgot to put on lead
5) Cancelled case=Foodie Field Trip!
6) Unless you get an add-on case then you be like:
7) Can open a door with any part of your body but your hands
8)When your permanent relief is 5+ minutes late and they act like nothing is wrong you be like:
9) You dread working on or around holidays especially the really happy ones e.g. Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year’s
10) You say the phrases “Can you tie me up?” followed by “Wanna dance?” with a straight face
11) You can tell the exact O2 sat by listening to the pitch of the monitor
12) Suffered a mild concussion from the overhead lights
13) You know the warming blankets are for your patients but sometimes you be like…
14)You couldn’t identify half your coworkers outside the OR because you have no idea what anyone’s hair/face looks like.
15) You can make up to 30 different the emotions with just your eyes
16) The default scapegoat is “anesthesia” that applies to pretty much everything from for delay, case not going well, natural disasters etc.
17) When you page overhead for moving help and the smallest person in the entire OR shows up to carry a foot you be like:
18) Give the worst or avoid giving visitor’s directions to any unit of the hospital besides the OR
19) Your service line/ POD is as thick as thieves
20) Don’t fret when you have a combative patient because it will all be over in 3, 2, 1…
Feel free to add your own OR-isms.