Great Doctor Ling Ran Chapter 457
458 Staying Awake For The Whole Nigh
"Doctor Ling, do you want to rest for a while?" The department director of the General Surgery Department of the First People's Hospital of Wuxin City, Lu Yongmian tried his best to stay awake as he walked behind Ling Ran like a ghoul. He was even supporting himself by rubbing his shoulder against the wall.
Even though Ling Ran had already consumed three bottles of Energy Serum, he was also slightly tired. He took the stack of medical records from Lu Wenbin, who just woke up for his shift, and said as he flipped through the medical records, "I'll operate on one more patient before I drink some tea and get some rest. Why don't you go and sleep first?"
"Doctor Ling." Lu Yongmian seemed to be using up every remaining ounce of energy in his body as he grabbed Ling Ran's arm. "You can't be carrying out any more surgeries. Get some rest first. You've been at it for forty hours, I think."
"Thirty-eight hours. It's still far from forty hours." Ling Ran did not even need to look at the clock to know the time. He drank a bottle of Energy Serum every ten hours as he felt that the effect of the Energy Serum could be maximized this way. This also enabled him to carry out surgeries at top-notch condition. Since he would need to operate on one more patient before it was time to drink another bottle of Energy Serum, it meant that he had been carrying out surgeries for thirty-eight hours.
However, Lu Yongmian could no longer take it. Ordinary people would start feeling dizzy after staying awake for the whole night to work for twenty continuous hours, and they would practically become zombified after doing so for thirty continuous hours. Most doctors were able to work continuously for thirty or even thirty-six hours because they secretly took naps in between. Even if they only got to catch fragments of sleep that only lasted for a few hours, they would feel a lot more refreshed.
Of course, there were times when the hospitals were so flooded with patients that the doctors did not get the chance to sleep at all. That was when they would have to bite the bullet and stay awake for thirty or even thirty-six hours. However, this was already the upper limit, especially for a department director of the General Surgery Department like Lu Yongmian. It had been a few years since he stayed awake for the entire night to work for thirty-six continuous hours, and even then, he secretly caught brief naps in between.
He could not believe his eyes when he saw that Ling Ran carried out surgery after surgery for almost forty continuous hours.
Of course, the media had reported about surgery maniacs who could perform surgeries for more than thirty continuous hours. However, the fact that they made the news meant that they were in the minority.
Lu Yongmian did not know how many doctors had been forced to carry out surgeries for more than thirty, or even forty continuous hours.
But was the situation right now so dire that Ling Ran needed to operate for such a long time?
Besides, Ling Ran obviously looked like he was having a lot of fun.
"Doctor Ling, you did you take some kind of pill?" Lu Yongmian was already in a daze. If he had been in a proper state of mind, which meant that he had only stayed awake for less than twenty hours, he would not have asked such a question.
It was not a strange occurrence for doctors to consume strange drugs.
Anesthetists were always the ones who frequently got into trouble for eating forbidden drugs. There were many surgeons who could not resist trying to outsmart drugs in order to enhance their performance when carrying out surgeries, writing research papers, studying for exams, attending dinners, and participating in meetings with the leaders.
As Lu Yongmian gazed at Ling Ran, he truly suspected that Ling Ran had taken some sort of smart drug.
Lu Wenbin who just woke up and was full of energy was in a clear state of mind. He immediately stood between them and said, "Department Director Lu, is your brain functioning properly? The fact that Doctor Ling carried out surgeries for so many continuous hours doesn't mean that there's something wrong with him. Is this how a department director should be acting?"
"I'm not really considered a leader." Lu Yongmian regained some of his senses when he heard that and chuckled a few times. He then supported himself by resting his palm against the wall, and slowly plopped onto the floor. "Sigh, I really can't take it anymore. Doctor Ling, we're not in a rush, anyway. Why don't we take the night off and continue tomorrow?"
He was tasked to accompany Ling Ran as Ling Ran carried out surgeries while making arrangements and coordinating with other parties on Ling Ran's behalf. Aside from this, he was also supposed to keep a watch on Ling Ran to prevent anything unexpected from happening.
Those from the First People's Hospital of Wuxin City meant well. They just did not expect that Ling Ran to be able to work for so many continuous hours.
When Ling Ran saw what a sorry figure Lu Yongmian cut as he sat on the floor, he hesitated for a moment and said, "Then, I'll just operate on one last patient before taking a rest. You can go ahead and rest first. Do ask the hospital to send someone else to accompany me tomorrow.
Lu Yongmian was extremely satisfied with this arrangement. He nodded furiously and said, "I'll do that right now. I'll notify you when I find someone to replace me."
"Alright, I'll enter the operating theater first, then," Ling Ran said politely and headed to the sink to wash his hands. After he took a few steps, he stopped in his tracks and said to Lu Yongmian, "Do make the arrangement right now, as it would be the best if you can get someone to accompany me by tomorrow. We should try to avoid all delays."
Surgeries that are not branches of main surgeries were known internally in the First People's Hospital of Wuxin City as "important surgeries", and Lu Yongmian did not dare to cause any delay. He stared after Ling Ran as Ling Ran entered the operating theater before whipping out his phone and sending a few text messages.
Ling Ran happily performed another hepatectomy before sending the patient to the ICU of the First People's Hospital of Wuxin City. He then said to the ordinary-looking associate chief physician, who was newly appointed by the First People's Hospital of Wuxin City to accompany Ling Ran, "I'll sleep for four hours. Do get ready for tomorrow's surgeries."
"Four hours? Alright." The associate chief physician chuckled a few times. After he walked Ling Ran to the on-call room, he said to the resident doctors standing outside the room, "All of you can go ahead and rest. Ling Ran has not slept for forty hours, and I'm pretty sure he will need at least twenty hours of sleep."
After he said that, the associate chief physician who was ordinary in terms of looks, work performance, intelligence quotient, and emotional intelligence went into another on-call room to sleep.
It was almost dawn, and everyone wanted a good night's sleep.
Early in the morning.
The ordinary associate chief physician was roused from a deep sleep when someone knocked loudly on the door.
"Did you know that Ling Ran is carrying out surgeries already?" The hospital director's gaze was so oppressive that it could kill four associate chief physicians and two hundred resident doctors.
The associate chief physician laughed. "It's impossible. He just operated on patients for forty continuous hours." for visiting.
"Operating Theater 2." The hospital director turned and left after he said that, not bothering to argue with the associate chief physician.
The associate chief physician still had a blanket wrapped around his body. He only managed to regain his senses after everyone who passed by looked scornfully at him. He quickly got changed and rushed to the operating theater.
Ling Ran was full of energy in Operating Theater 2
He was feeling extremely refreshed.
To ensure a good night's sleep and more importantly, to make sure that the First People's Hospital of Wuxin City still had not noticed him using up their hospital beds, Ling Ran drank a bottle of Energy Serum before going to sleep.
Technically, he could immediately regain all his strength after consuming a bottle of Energy Serum.
It was just that Ling Ran did not have that much trust in the efficiency of the Energy Serum, which was an uncertified drug. This was why he took a brief rest after consuming the fourth bottle of Energy Serum.
To him, it was just like having some English tea and getting some rest.
In other words, Ling Ran slept for four hours even though he was full of energy. At this moment, it was as if Ling Ran had slept for an unlimited period of time without an alarm clock. He was pumped so full of energy that he could not wait to let out.
Ling Ran spoke extremely quickly, as he was also operating on the patient at an extremely rapid speed.
He could not help it; he was extremely familiar with what he was doing.
The doctors of the First People's Hospital of Wuxin City utilized their personal connections and gathered a large number of patients suffering from hepatolithiasis. They used clinical research as an excuse to invite those patients over to receive surgery in their hospital. This trick was often used by major hospitals.
The doctors of the First People's Hospital of Wuxin City were indeed preparing to carry out research regarding hepatolithiasis and had formed a specialized team for this. Even though Ling Ran bought his own team, the First People's Hospital of Wuxin City also prepared a backup team. And as it seemed, they made the right decision.
It only took Ling Ran one day to tire the members of his own team out. This was especially true when it came to the two young nurses, Wang Jia, and Su Mengxue. It was impossible for them to work such long hours without making any mistakes.
As Ling Ran possessed Master Level Hepatectomy, performing hepatectomy on patients suffering from hepatolithiasis was relatively easy for him to begin with. Now that he was continuously carrying out surgeries of the same nature, he was more than used to it. During the surgery, he could also make judgments at lightning speed.
"I'm done. Send the patient to the ICU. Give him critical care, and pay attention to his blood pressure" After Ling Ran completed the surgery, he gave medical advice while he was at it. He could be said to have talked about one-third of what the doctors in the ICU needed to do.
The doctors from the ICU of Yun Hu Hospital were often unwilling to take Ling Ran's advice. Since the doctors from the ICU of the First People's Hospital of Wuxin City had their jobs at stake, they had no choice but to listen to Ling Ran. This made Ling Ran very happy.
Since the surgery went smoothly and the patient had a good prognosis, the patient and his family members were also very happy.
The doctors of the General Surgery Department of the First People's Hospital of Wuxin City were the only ones who did not share this joy. As the days passed by, and they got to watch Ling Ran carry out more and more surgeries, they started becoming silent.
Many people worked hard because they had not seen the abilities of truly excellent people. After they witnessed that, they would lose the driving force to better themselves.
On the Monday of the following week, the ICU of the First People's Hospital of Wuxin City officially ran out of hospital beds.
Even though patients left the ICU one after another, other departments would also send patients to the ICU. It was no longer possible for Ling Ran to carry out surgeries nonstop.
"Give Mei Tiangui a call. I'm ready to operate on him." Ling Ran was a little despondent as he spoke to Professor Huang on the phone. "He can either become my second or third patient tomorrow. Let's leave the choice up to them."
Since some patients would be transferred out of the ICU tomorrow, Ling Ran was striving to operate on two more patients.
Professor Huang was a little hesitant. "Are you also operating on other patients tomorrow?"
Ling Ran thought about the way people from the Mei family acted and said, "Let's just leave the choice up to them. Tell them that I'm thinking about operating on one or two patients before operating on Elder Mei. If they insist on me operating on Elder Mei first thing in the morning, I have no problem with that either."
Professor Huang could not help but laugh out loud. "Alright, let's leave the choice up to them, then."
From the perspective of outsiders, surgeons were supposed to be the most refreshed and energetic when operating on their first patient of the day. However, outsiders might also believe that surgeons' hands were more nimble by the time they carried out their second surgery of the day, and hence could do a better job.