People tend to become habitual, almost robot-like, after doing the same thing long enough. Yes, we become sort of like human automatons. Respiratory therapists are no different.
Desensitize: To make less sensitive; Make someone less likely to feel shock or distress at scenes of cruelty, at other people's pain or suffering, or at death, due to overexposure
Desensitization: The process of becoming less sensitive to stuff you are overexposed to
Respiratory Therapy Desensitization: The process of a respiratory therapist doing so many breathing treatments on people who don't need them that he grumbles and gripes even when a person does need them.
Automaton: An individual who acts in a mechanical/ robotic fashion; he just does things by order of habit; he does a he is told
RT Automaton: An RT who treats all patients in a mechanical/ robotic fashion; they do not go off the beaten path because they are trained to do as they are told and that is that. For example, when a patient says, "Why am I getting this treatment; I'm breathing fine?" the RT is trained to say, "Because the doctor ordered it. Our doctors are the smartest in the world."
Automatize: Automatic response to same event every time
Respiratory Therapy Automazation: The process of becoming an automaton, and , thus, treating all patients the same; speaking to all patients the same, speaking in a robotic cadence; speaking too loud even to those who can hear; responding with a grunt, curse and shudder every time your pager goes off
I think we do this as a defense mechanism to prevent ourselves from making mistakes. For instance, every time I do a breathing treatment I tie a coil on the end of oxygen tubing and loop it over the flowmeter. I do this so when I finish the treatment I see it and remember to re-hook up the patient's oxygen.
Are you an automaton?