Stupid Questions (sent in by one of our readers)

Ok, I’m used to hearing the preop nurses ask my epidural steroid injection patients if it’s ok to give a blood transfusion if needed. However, the new question I heard yesterday was mind-blowing for its sheer stupidity:

“Do you mind if Dr. Greywater has technical assistance during the procedure?”

In other words, do they mind if I have a nurse and x-ray tech in the room, or should we give Dr. Greywater 30 pairs of gloves so he can run back and forth moving the surgical C-arm and recording VS?

Our new time out also requires that we ask if anyone has “any issues concerning the case”. Originally it was just “any issues of concern” but apparently everyone would then complain that gas costs too much, we need to get out of Iraq, Afghanistan, so they had to be more specific.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]

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2 Responses

  1. Bill Newton MD says:

    If they say yes, then there’s a two word answer “Case cancelled”

  2. Griff says:

    What if the patient said,”Yes”?

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