Editorial  |   December 2016
The Physician Anesthesiologist and Opportunities for Teaching About Infection Risk
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  • N. Martin Giesecke, M.D.
    ASA MONITOR
    Editor
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Infectious Disease / Editorial
Editorial   |   December 2016
The Physician Anesthesiologist and Opportunities for Teaching About Infection Risk
ASA Monitor 12 2016, Vol.80, 4-5.
ASA Monitor 12 2016, Vol.80, 4-5.
It always amazes me to see a physician anesthesiologist in training committing “time saving” short cuts in the O.R. that may place the patient at risk of infection. That I am bothered by this stems from that fact that most of us, upon graduating from our medical schools, were happy to believe in, and recite, the Hippocratic Oath, or a modern variant of that ancient medical pledge. And though the words “First do no harm” do not exist in either Hippocrates’ original or any of the contemporary versions, there is a definite understanding that the reciter of the oath will not intentionally harm the patient. Thus, appropriate aseptic and sterile technique have become elements of my intraoperative teaching.
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