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Surgery Mnemonics for the USMLE
Surgery Mnemonics
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Surgery Mnemonics

The 5 Ws For Remembering Common Causes of Fever Post-Operation:
WATER, WIND, WALK, WOUND, & WEIRD DRUGS

  • WATER = urinary tract infections
  • WIND = atelectasis or pneumonia
  • WALK = deep vein thrombosis
  • WOUND = surgucal wound infection
  • WEIRD DRUGS = drug induced fever

F = Foreign bodies
E = Epithelization
T = Tumors
I = infection
I = Irradiated tissue
I = IBD
D = Distal obstruction

CT scan indications in trauma setting:

Uncle Nelson ARgues ABout Kids

  • Unconcious pt after head trauma
  • Neck injury; to confirm vertebral fracture when Xray is equivocal
  • Aortic Rupture (after Xray, Before Aortogram)
  • Abdominal penetrating wound; when gloved finger in ER cant say for sure if theres penetration
  • Kidney injury leading to blood in urine; blunt abdominal trauma