With the estimation that 23 million Americans had their eyes glued to the television to watch the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Gomerblog set out to study how this impacted patient care across the U.S. during the morning of May 19, 2018.
According to sources, there was no decline in care across the ROAD specialties, with the exception of Anesthesia. Dr. Rick Mohs, dermatologist from Burbank, CA, told us that he “never sees patients on the weekends or after 1:00 PM on weekdays anyway” so it “makes sense” that patient care wouldn’t be impacted. He surmised this would also hold true for radiologists and ophthalmologists.
However, as usual, Anesthesia is to blame here again, as they were the only specialty among the ROAD docs to see a decline in patient care. Dr. Steve Bovie, surgical intern, said he had completed a lap cholecystectomy in 20 minutes but the patient was under Anesthesia for at least 5 hours. Dr. Bovie said he never saw anesthesia behind the curtain but could hear wedding music playing. He said, “You can only draw one conclusion here: The patient was under anesthesia for 5 hours and the wedding was on for 5 hours. You be the judge. This time it wasn’t my fault a lap chole took 5 hours.”
A Gomerblog reporter also passed by a hospitalist in the hallway and pulled her aside to ask if she was able to catch any of royal wedding. She said, “oh there was a wedding today?” She ran to a code without further comment.