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(WLOX Biloxi)   You're a surgeon stuck in a traffic jam while your patient waits on the table. Do you : C) borrow a bicycle from a seven year old and pedal through traffic with a police escort   (wlox.com) divider line 21
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jbc [TotalFark]
2012-08-23 10:26:29 AM
9 votes:
Escorted by police?!? Wouldn't it be quicker to get into the squad car at that point? "No thanks, officer. I'd rather pedal the rest of the way."
2012-08-23 10:06:41 AM
5 votes:

God Is My Co-Pirate: It sounds like the uplifting finale of an 80s comedy, but good for him.

 
 
Good for HER you sexist pig.
2012-08-23 10:27:43 AM
3 votes:
I hope the police gave her a ride, rather than leading as she pedaled to the hospital..
2012-08-23 01:55:56 PM
2 votes:

jacla: TFA leaves out details that would have been appropriate.
Such as, was this a scheduled surgery?
If so, why was surgery started before the doctor was in-house?
and...
If so, maybe doc should have left for work earlier? ...and the Hero tag might want to take a hike.

If not, shouldn't the hospital have a Plan B for situations like this???

In every scheduled surgery situation that I and family members have had the doctor has shown up at the patient's bedside before surgery for a reassuring "chat." In the only emergency surgery situation, the ER doctor was "sleeping in the back" (seemed drugged out of his mind to me) when he was called to the patient whose minor-looking puncture wound suddenly started to hemorrhage. I wasn't the patient and they didn't even take time to throw me out of the operating room where we had been waiting for the past hour or so. My ex, who faints at the sight of blood, scared them when he started to passout. Fortunately, I knew he would faint if he looked at what they were doing and didn't freak as much as the staff.


Not sure about all the answers, but the article says nothing about the patient waiting on a table, only subby did:

"Baton Rouge surgeon, Catherine Baucom, MD of Elliot Mastology Center, was on her way to surgery at BRASS Surgery Center Wednesday morning when she found herself caught in the traffic caused by the accident that shutdown Interstate 10 early Wednesday morning.
...
Her patient and the staff of BRASS are grateful and amazed, but not surprised, by her dedication to patient care and service excellence."

So I'd be shocked if any surgery or prep had actually begun. It was probably more like "this is supposed to happen around 9, it's 840, im not gonna make it" sort of deal. Also the article says it was a traffic accident that caused the jam so I don't see how leaving earlier would make a difference unless it was 2 minutes after it happened.

And for some surgeries, having a Plan B might not necessarily be easy. If its a specialized surgery and there are only a handful of capable docs, and the others are busy... they can't just call in a junior doctor and (potentially) can't postpone. Also if I were the patient, I would feel better if my surgeon was actually the person who had been preparing and researching about it lately.
2012-08-23 01:09:44 PM
2 votes:

LaraAmber: jbc: Escorted by police?!? Wouldn't it be quicker to get into the squad car at that point? "No thanks, officer. I'd rather pedal the rest of the way."

Well it could be the cop was on a motorcycle. Don't exactly have a place to put bicycle.


It says she got back on I-10. I'm thinking that due to the accident the freeway was jammed and she was cruising on the shoulder. So even the police cruiser was trapped in the gridlock. It may have been that officer radioed ahead for a cruiser to meet her at the next exit and then they tossed the bike in her trunk and the cruiser drove her in via secondary roads.

/that would be the logical way to do it
//our local police will occasionally run over to get doctors
2012-08-23 12:04:05 PM
2 votes:

God Is My Co-Pirate: gameshowhost: brap: God Is My Co-Pirate: It sounds like the uplifting finale of an 80s comedy, but good for him.
 
 
Good for HER you sexist pig.

God got served! :-/

Yes, yes I did. Whoops.


"I can't operate on him. He's my son."
2012-08-23 02:21:47 PM
1 votes:

The My Little Pony Killer: So if the police were able to get through traffic to escort her, why couldn't they have just given her a ride the rest of the way?


Ah yes, the cry of the mediocre in the face of sacrifice: "Are you *sure* you had to make all that effort?"

It's a wonder over-achievers don't just give up :/
2012-08-23 02:06:55 PM
1 votes:
I know and work with this woman, and it is not surprising that she would do something like this. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if anyone at that mastology center wouldn't do the same thing. They truly care about their patients.


/I know, CSB
2012-08-23 02:02:06 PM
1 votes:

silo123j: wouldn't the empty car cause a traffic jam as well?


Not unless the friend who she borrowed the bike from lives under an overpass.
2012-08-23 01:58:28 PM
1 votes:
Way to add details, failmitter.

Surgeon was on her way to surgery at a surgery center, not a hospital. They don't wheel the patient in the room until they see the whites of the surgeons eyes. Patient would not be on the table without having been examined -- even in an emergency.

Kudos to center's PR staff for getting cute anecdote turned into "see how heroic our doctors are". Note that the name of the center is mentioned 3 times in a short article.
2012-08-23 01:45:55 PM
1 votes:

justanotherfarkinfarker: What? Not to shiat on this Doc, but those tiny bikes suck. I can run faster for a longer distance then riding one of those.


If the picture of her is depicting the same thing she was wearing during the jam, she's wearing black crocs (staff at the hospital I work at love wearing them too) and running isn't really possible in those things.
2012-08-23 01:25:41 PM
1 votes:

jbc: Escorted by police?!? Wouldn't it be quicker to get into the squad car at that point? "No thanks, officer. I'd rather pedal the rest of the way."


This was in Baton Rouge LA, the police there ride Big Wheels so no, it would not have been quicker.
2012-08-23 01:16:59 PM
1 votes:
I want my bike! I want my bike! I want my bike!

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2012-08-23 01:12:46 PM
1 votes:
She owes that kid two dollars!
2012-08-23 01:10:42 PM
1 votes:
wouldn't the empty car cause a traffic jam as well?
2012-08-23 01:03:45 PM
1 votes:

jbc: Escorted by police?!? Wouldn't it be quicker to get into the squad car at that point? "No thanks, officer. I'd rather pedal the rest of the way."


Well it could be the cop was on a motorcycle. Don't exactly have a place to put bicycle.
2012-08-23 12:03:09 PM
1 votes:
So if the police were able to get through traffic to escort her, why couldn't they have just given her a ride the rest of the way?
2012-08-23 10:37:17 AM
1 votes:

jbc: Escorted by police?!? Wouldn't it be quicker to get into the squad car at that point? "No thanks, officer. I'd rather pedal the rest of the way."


This
2012-08-23 10:01:53 AM
1 votes:
OMG I *may* have actually choked up.
2012-08-23 10:00:57 AM
1 votes:
It sounds like the uplifting finale of an 80s comedy, but good for him.
2012-08-23 09:52:21 AM
1 votes:
Her friend gladly loaned her his seven year old daughter's bike and helmet and the nearly six foot tall surgeon resumed her journey to the surgery center.

Nice visual!

/Plus 1 for non-ironic use of the Hero tag, Subster.
 
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