Pedia Week 2: PER

After 2 duty days of Pedia ER have I only gotten the hang of PER SIC work. Sabi nga ng iba, hindi mo na kailangan mag-isip pa kapag nasa Pedia ER, dahil magcacarry out lang ng orders, specifically labs. The rest of history taking and referrals are done by the duty residents. Again I am so grateful for having my buddy Ricky during this week so that we have more manpower at PER. Still, our first duty was overflowing with patients! After the long Undas weekend we had a total of 20+ consults (usual is around 10), many of them toxic patients. I still blame Ricky’s spaghetti* “tikim” from JB the preduty clerk for that.

Anyway, yesterday’s duty was more benign with fewer cases, but still with many “toxic” cases, like one of the 30-weeker preterm baby who was just delivered at home by a clueless mommy, or the twin neonates with bacterial meningitis, or the diptheria infant who, after being resuscitated and intubated at the ER and wheeled in at the ward, coded early this morning. The rest were simpler cases.

I think I already got my groove. Not to mention I replaced my defective duty bag with a sturdier belt bag (makes me look like a handyman according to Ricky haha) with all of the necessary stuff inside:


Fits my steth, BP app, alcohol, gloves, everything!!! Also got it embroidered with my name for around P60. There is so much character in this bag, I think I should give it a name :))

One more duty on Sunday and I’m halfway done with Pedia! Two weeks of pedia wards next. 🙂

* DUTY superstition: while on duty, don’t eat spaghetti! It makes your duty more toxic.


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