A Locum’s ScrapBook: How to Survive the Mayan Calander

Nadia Azuero, B.S., CCP, LP

Editor’s Note:

About The Author:     Nadia  has been a perfusionist for quite some time, and is a very active contributor here at Circuit Surfers.

She is very talented, precise, and obviously committed to delivering extraordinary care to her patients.

Nadia is currently practicing as a Solo Perfusion Contractor.

To view the entire series- click here: A Locum’s ScrapBook.

Fanny-Pak-tastico!

By:  Nadia Azuero, BS, LP, CCP

So it all started about 9 years ago, when I started working for Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, GA.  I was a mere year old pumpling, as hungry as a polar bear out of hibernation, but with 338 cases under my belt.

Nonetheless, Emory was the biggest  place I would ever work, and still is to this day. 4 hospitals in rotation and even though all the setups and equipment for the most part were the same, it was still a big, busy place with a lot of moving around.

After awhile, I found myself needing certain things in certain places.

So, I made a comment one day about that, and a savvy sage said,  “Here, catch!”, threw me this Xopenex fanny pak; “This should make going from hospital to hospital a little easier.”, she said.

I thought to myself (A FANNY PAK!!). Really!

But I thought, well at least it’s a pharmaceutical one, I’ll try it.  And the rest is history

This fanny pak is 9 years old. It’s been with me in every case since. Its my bag-o-tricks.  Everywhere I travel to, once the water gets warm, it never fails……. “So what’s in your fanny pak?”.

I have never told  or shared it’s magic… Until now.

I’ve decided on a site as cool as Circuit Surfers,  crashing waves and all-  to reveal the contents of my fanny pak…

GASP !

What’s In It ?

Brace yourself…..some of these you already use.

  1. 2 tubing clamps – have always come in handy, even though clamps are provided
  2. A clicky pen – black fine point
  3. A sharpie – black, and as crucial as a clamp
  4. A tank key – also handy when least expected
  5. Kleenex – ya know the travel packs? Got an actual nose bleed once, on pump of course; first case pumped at this hospital; came out of nowhere. Thanks Murphy.
  6. A dry erase marker – most ORs have the board but protect the pens because they disappear. Voilá!
  7. Cell phone case – for the communication piece.
  8. A tape measure – those fabric ones (courtesy of Medtronic pre-Advamed); came in handy during my pediatric days when the kids height was a guesstimation. Not if it was my case!
  9. Small set of Allen wrenches – I know, a stretch but I’ve had to use them more often than you think.
  10. LED flashlight – used to be a small mag light but that was heavy! LED makes it possible now. More better.
  11.  Eye glasses repair kit – for my 4 eyes
  12. Small vise grips – for all you guys that just have to tighten all those holders with the might of Hercules; I’ve got Vise!
  13. And lastly! —- featured above, a small screw driver clipped into a retractable badge holder. – This is perhaps my trade mark. Makes the pak. I use it every case so it deserved an easy, efficient method for utility.

What’s the Foot Print ?

And that’s all folks! So, the next thing you’re probably wondering, since I take it everywhere, is how much does it weigh?

Good question!

I wondered that myself –

6.2 lbs. It weighs exactly that…  6.2 lbs.

It’s become habit at this point. I don’t know what it feels like to pump a case without my fanny pak.  Just like the many things we do out of habit, this is one for me.  It’ll retire when I do, or when it dies.  And if the latter comes first, I’ll find another one.

Although, the others I’ve come across are either too small or too big. This little’ piggy is just right. I know this isn’t right for most people, but this worked for me. Yet for something that is at the center for mockery most times, many want to know its contents.

It’s like the Queen of England’s purse. What could she have in there? Especially when she has a staff at her beck n call.

Well,  there you have it. There is nothing to it really.

It is in my opinion, one of the most practical things to have.  Especially, if you’re hop-scotching through the country.

Thanks for reading!

Editor’s Note:

Well I’m pretty impressed Nadia.  I thought I had the ultimate Swag Bag.

After seeing yours, I should have titled your post …

“How to Outlive the Mayan Calendar”

Oh guess what… I just did 🙂

The previous title was “Perfusion Swag : By Nadia Azuero

One of the more innovative perfusion tools I have seen…

was this venous occluder clamp seen below- always carried by an Indian perfusionist named Harsha Patel.

She was one of my instructors.  Very kind and very talented.

This was back in the day when weaning was a long- very long process.

You can buy them in any hardware store for $1-$2…

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