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“Clamps” Tina says holding out her hand and immediately feels the instrument in her palm. She places the clamp and removes her other hand. “Suction” she says pulling her hands out briefly and watching as the nurse beside her suctions out the area she had spent the last 3 hours repairing. “Sutures” she says and watches the nurse place the material in her hand. She masterfully weaves the material and makes several looping motions at the end then stops. “Scissors” she calls out holding her hand out once again feeling the instrument hit her palm and quickly snips off the material at the end of the knot and hands the instrument back to the nurse. She removes the clamp also handing it back to the nurse and lets out a small sigh after checking her work. She looks up and sighs heavily “Alright. Everything looks good. Let’s close him up and get him to recovery”
She steps away from the operating table leaving the resident assisting her to finish. She enters the next room pulling off her cap and removes her mask and surgical attire placing them in the disposable hamper. As she begins to wash her hands a woman that had been assisting her in the surgery enters.
“It has been one long day” the woman says throwing her surgical attire in the hamper and walks over to the faucet next to Tina who is still scrubbing her hands
“That’s definitely an understatement. It’s after midnight. I have been here for 12 hrs and that was my third surgery. That pile up on the 101 overwhelmed us. Luckily I didn’t lose any patients today” Tina says gratefully
The woman nods “Thats definitely the upside to all of this. This was my fourth of the day. I must say I was surprised to see you when you entered the OR. I thought Dr Madison was taking this one”
Tina shrugs “He was still elbow deep in a patient in OR 2. I had just finished repairing a ruptured artery in OR 3 when they paged me here”
She nods and they both exit the room and began walking toward the staff locker room
“General better not steal you away from me” Tina chuckles shifting her eyes briefly to the woman