-When you respond to a code on a regular floor and the pt is white and in rigor, you ask the nurse when was the last time he/she saw the patient and the answer is always an "hour ago". In your mind your rolling your eyes and saying "suuuuuuurrrre"
-When you come in see that both your pts are intubated and sedated, you know you have hit the jackpot.
-Best pt ever is the guy in a pentobarb coma with orders to crank up sedation/analgesia drips for high ICPs and lots of PRNs for mannitol, 3% Saline, and other goodies with standing orders spelling
out exactly what needs to happen when **** hits the fan. Also strict orders for the pt not to be moved in the bed unless absolutely necessary.
-When the night surgery resident keeps asking what he/she needs to order
-Frustrated when the hospitialist thinks restraints for intubated pt is not necessary
-When you have one uber-critical pt who is circling the drain, you pull a portable computer into the room with a chair and chart in the room. Also on instinct you pull the crash cart outside the room because you just know any time the post-MVC is going to go into PEA or loose their BP.
-You dread a STAT CT at 0600 and when you have EKG changes you go ahead and draw morning labs early and tell the doc after their sent
-Visiting hours and rules that are not enforced drive you up the wall