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As I was driving to the hospital this morning, the morning radio station hosts were talking about the 5 essentials one cannot leave the house without. It was fun hearing the answers of the callers because their essentials revealed their personality. Essential is really a relative word and people see things differently. While tuning in to the radio's topic, a light bulb appeared. What if we discussed something like this in the MIMS community with a little twist. What would be the 5 things you cannot live without in the hospital or workplace? I would love to hear your top 5 with explanations as to why. Here's my top 5:
1.) License Stamp aka Trodat - It is a requirement when writing an order in the chart because a resident-in-training's name must be seen legibly. For me, it is more for the convenience of writing my name and license number over and over again
2.) Ballpen - I need one because we live under a rock when it comes to hospital paperwork. Everything has to be written by hand.
3.) Mobile phone - I need constant communication with loved ones and co-workers. Since I am still in residency training, consultants have to be informed of important matters concerning patients. It serves as a quick reference material too. Sometimes, I use the flashlight for physical examination :))
4.) Alcohol - I use alcohol whenever I finish seeing a patient. It serves to protect me and the next patient from possible infection.
5.) Stethoscope - Need I say more?