Most people think that the worst thing you could hear while undergoing a surgical procedure is "Oops..." or "Sh*t", but I would have to politely disagree.
You see, people working in EP labs and operating rooms never want to sound hysterical if they've recognized a problem during a surgical procedure. To do so might startle the operating physician and make them tense or angry. Instruments have flown for less.
So nurses and industry representatives are carefully trained to first say "Um..."
"Um, is his lead impedance always so high?"But savvy surgeons recognize "Um" and act quickly, politely stating the obvious:
"Um, is his blood pressure always 60 systolic?"
"Um, you wouldn't have connected the atrial lead in the ventricular port and the ventricular lead in the atrial port, would you?"
"High impedance? Boy, those old leads don't hold up like the newer ones. Looks like we'll be placing a new one..."So beware of "Um" and for surgeons, be prepared to act accordingly.
"Sixty? What do you expect when they've been NPO all night? Could we start some dopamine, please?"
"Leads reversed? Just making sure you were awake..."