Thursday, April 7, 2011

Wouldn't That Make You A Sadist?

So, in my anatomy book, in the discussion about estimating pelvic measurements in a pregnant woman, I came across this gem of a phrase:

Another useful clinical guide is the subrapubic arch: the examiner's four knuckles (i.e. his clenched fist) should rest comfortably between the ischial tuberosities below the pubic symphysis. 

In other words, you should be able to comfortably rest your fist between the patient's sit bones, under their pubic bone.

Ehhh...author? You might want to come up with a better way of describing that. Especially for some of the borderline Asperger's very literal-minded males in my class. Thanks.

9 comments:

Christopher said...

I love it; it's like a uncouth Mallampati score for difficult deliveries!

Albinoblackbear said...

AHahahah---oh YEAH!

Excuse me Sir, I am just going to use my fist to assess your upper airway...

NP Odyssey said...

Excuse me doc can I see your hands before we begin?

iamnothouse.com said...

Just wait until the horrors of your OB rotation are visited upon you. You will have new respect for the resilience of vaginas once you see your attending stick his wrist up one to deliver a blood clot.

Cartoon Characters said...

I quit at Eisenhower because I saw an OB shove his hand up a poor woman's vagina all the way up to his elbow to "retrieve a clot" - no pain med on board - without so much of a hint to the woman (Hispanic) what he was going to do. She almost crawled to the top of the bed....

It's with satisfaction that I see there is no longer a "Birthing Center" at Eisenhower here in Palm Desert......

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nurse XY said...

ABB: I keep going back to the idea things would be stated much differently had the old guard examination/assessment texts had been authored by females. Loved the Asbergers comment, too, too true.

CC: I saw something similar happen to a Hispanic patient on my critical care rotation in school. The doc came in and performed a TEE on a un-sedated, intubated, restrained patient without so much as an attempt at an explanation, let alone informed consent. I will never forget the terror in her eyes as the doc rammed the probe down her throat. I desperately tried to remember enough high school Spanish to give some kind of explanation. All I could come up with was, "Es la machina fotografia para tu corazon," and hold her hand.
That doc is just lucky I was but a scared nursing student. These days his ears would be scorched.

drottematic said...

ick.

(that is all)