It was a patient with multiple gun shot wounds to the chest and abdomen. Positioned supine with his lateral chest split wide open and retracted back. He had a midline abdominal incision retracted back for full exposure and blood was everywhere. You name it, floor, ceiling, walls and he was still alive. Must have gone through 100 packs of lap sponges.
Anyway I was busy running back and forth for anything that would keep this guy alive. On one of my trips out of the room, I ran into this gentleman with a dark leather jacket and with his hands in his pockets. I was really surprised to see him back in the clean contaminated area with out scrubs
. I instantly said to him that he needed to have scrubs on if he wished to be back here. He looked at me and then said that he wanted to see how the patient was doing. I told him that the doctors are still working on the patient and that they would gladly come and speak with him when they were done. I was assuming he was a family member.
Anyway he left and I went on about my business. While in the room I saw the same gentleman again pearing through the OR suite window. This time I got on the phone and called security. When security came up, I heard an argumnet outside the doors and suddenly someone yelled "he ran around the corridor". I had no idea what was going on. By the end of the case, the tech and I were body bagging the victim and waiting for transport to take him down to the morgue. I later found out that the person that was outside the OR was a hit man sent to finish off the victim. Basically, everyone in that OR that night, was in danger. So this is just a reminder that you are never completely save in that Operating Room.
Traveling with Hospital Support