It still amazes me how, despite the big difference between the practice of OB-GYN and Plastic Surgery, we could still end up managing the same patient. Hahaha.
We’re both on duty today. Maan’s the 1st OOD (Obstetrician on duty) admitting all charity OB-GYN patients under her care, and I’m the Burn ROD (Resident on duty) seeing all charity referrals to the burn service.
On a previous instagram post, I jokingly suggested that the only time Maan and I could treat a patient together is when she refers to me for wound closure of her CS patients. Hahaha. I never thought that managing a pregnant woman with burns is also a possibility. So, when Maan called me up this morning, the last thing that I thought I would hear from her was a referral.
Jackpot. Pregnant patient + Scald burns.
It’s funny how we were discussing this very same topic lengthily just last week! Because of the recent mortality in the burn unit [A 28 week pregnant woman with 30% burns from a blast injury (sumabog ang LPG, tsk tsk) who also delivered her preterm child while in the burn unit!], I was asked to report about the management of burns in a pregnant woman in our weekly conference.
While preparing for my report, I told Maan how little literature there was about this topic. The most recent one I found was written in 1998! Sabi ko pa noon sa kanya, maybe we could co-author a research paper about this ‘pag medyo libre na kami. Interesting kasi and at least parehong malapit sa puso naming dalawa.
Little did I know that today, there was this patient we’d see together.
A glimpse of the future perhaps? 🙂