Please don't laugh. Have attended the balloon pump class twice, the first time months before I switched to the CICU from the cardiac stepdown unit. The second time was while I was on orientation, 3 months ago. I had several pt's on balloon pumps during orientation. However, since being off orientation, I have not had one pt on a balloon pump. (Actually, it's feast or famine around the unit--sure this happens everywhere--we run in cycles of EVERYONE [it seems] being on a balloon pump or SwanGanz, then zilch for weeks.) Now I feel I have forgotten everything (don't use it, lose it), even though I have my notes, my handy reference booklet, and a 5 by 8 notecard I carry around at all times. I swear, all I seem to remember is "fiddle to the middle."!
Please help!!! Guess it's just the machinery that frightens me. Understand the basics, just afraid to touch the machine!!!!
Please don't get me wrong, LOVE to learn new things (this is why I transferred to the unit) and love challenges. Just lacking confidence right now.