Hey guys I'm an RN working in the OR. Over the past few months i've really noticed something disturbing happening with surgeons at my work and was wondering if it's typical behavior or if my workplace needs to be informed....
When a count is being done often surgeons just seem to want to hurry up and close even though they haven't been told the count is correct. Now in small procedures this isn't so much a problem but with large cases ( i.e open AAA )sometimes as a scrub nurse i'm that busy handing stuff over that i cannot keep an accurate tally although i do my best.
So what i'm asking here is it unreasonable for the surgeon to wait just two minutes for the second count to be done? I often find as well that the surgeons often interrupt a count which is frustrating. It's understandable if they need to stop a bleed and need a suture but for other things they should just wait IMHO. I'd be in the middle of counting sponges and they keep asking for things. It's very annoying and i usually ignore them until i finish what i'm counting. Often other scrubs
stop and have to start again and again which makes me want to scream!
So any advice here?