Rapid response in a surgical suite. I get there, and people are frantic.
"Does anyone have a stethoscope?"
"Yes, I have a stethoscope."
"We have no idea what to do."
"Start chest compressions."
"We don't remember how to do that."
It's amazing how quickly knowledge and instinct can atrophy when they're not used. I mean, I did surgical rotations in med school, but don't remember anything useful, if I ever knew anything useful anyway. And the surgeons don't know anything about medicine anymore. And pretty soon, once everyone starts fellowship and is immersed in whatever specialty they're in, that's all they'll know and a patient comes in with a problem outside of their field and they won't have any idea where to even begin. This is why patients end up coming to clinic telling me they see nine different doctors, and why it's hard to find someone who can effectively coordinate care between them. We pretend we can divide problems into these individual silos, but not every problem is so easy to assign to one specialty. Things interact. The patient's diabetes affects multiple organ systems, etc.
At least we eventually got CPR going. Gosh.