I have a dent in my forehead.
“Why do you have a dent in your forehead?” you ask me.
I have a dent in my forehead because:
(A) Layrngoscope blades occasionally become detached from their handles
(B) They sometimes become detached while in the hands of a nervous intern
(C) Said nervous intern, while trying to grab the blade, instead knocks it through the air
(D) When people are doing CPR, they’re in a big huddle and there’s not much empty space
(E) Gravity works
In case that wasn’t entirely clear, then let me sum it up – I got hit in the forehead by a laryngoscope blade when a nervous intern (bless him!), trying to intubate in the midst of a mock-code, knocked it off and it went sailing. Its gotta land somewhere, so why not smack-bang to the left of center of my forehead? Chris tells me its not noticeable, but I can still feel it!
It could’ve been worse, though. A guy that I know was once shocked with 360 joules of electricity when an intern forgot to announce that she was about to shock the patient (this was during a training module). He happened to be touching the “patient’s” leg, and BAM, he went up on his tiptoes, chest flung out, and he flew back about a foot. He said his joints ached for hours afterward.