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Will you get used to seeing gross things in the medical field?

I don't have a weak stomach perhaps but I am really caring now and if I see someone hurt bad, I don't think I could help myself but to do everything to help. I usually look away but being what I want to do, I have to get used to it. #doctor #medicine #nurse #healthcare #hospital-and-health-care


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Dan’s Answer

As a former EMS worker I would have to say you should hope to never get used to seeing such things. Your sense of humanity will normally ensure that the sight of injuries and patients in pain will cause you distress. You will, however, learn to recognize how serious the situation is, your training will kick in, and you will instinctively do the things that need to be done regardless of how things look.

Dan recommends the following next steps:

Look for a Red Cross or American Heart Association affiliated First Aid and/or CPR course to prepare yourself to be able to respond to emergencies. See if those experiences give you an answer about how you will react to things you would encounter in a profession in the medical field.

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Richard’s Answer

Seeing things that might shock a layperson becomes mundane. I think taking gross anatomy and performing dissection in medical school desensitizes most people.

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Estelle’s Answer

The "gross things" become completely routine when we see them so many times. I do not find disease processes gross...I am just focused on trying to diagnose and treat the problem. I guess we become immune to the perception of "gross."

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