Every week we get a new patient case study in PBL. And we meet twice a week to receive new info about this patient. At the beginning of each session we start with a summary of the patients condition, test results, etc. A "report" if you will.
I usually do not volunteer to do this task because I have been giving report on patients in the ED for, oh, 6 years now. I am comfortable with it, I can handle giving report on 20 odd patients at a time. It really isn't a challenge to remember 1 patients presenting complaint, lab values, diagnostic results, care plan, etc. I figure the other folks in my group ought to have the chance to practice this VERY IMPORTANT skill.
Last week no one was volunteering and I couldn't bear the silence any longer so I said I'd do it. Bah. No biggie. This morning I thought--heck, I'll actually review the case and look at all the lab results and stuff so I can wow them with my ability to remember the minute details like how acidotic he was.
I rattled off the report, leaving no stone unturned. X-ray, labs, echo, vitals, medical history, family history, work history...how many pack years...his units of ETOH daily...everything. Pleased with myself, I finished.
My tutor added,
"And we also treated him didn't we? With some things like oxygen...some drugs? Care to mention those???"
Yeah. Yeah we did.
I'm an idiot.
I guess it was more a report on the status of my over-inflated ego.