I'm a brand new nurse and the hospital I did my clinicals in did not use these. I don't want to say they NEVER did, but the general consensus at that hospital was that current research does not support their use, therefore they were pretty much phased out (we didn't even keep the supplies for them in our equipment room). However the hospital I am at now uses them all the time, and many of the nurses are not happy about how often one of the docs here will just put them in everybody (including non-cardiac patients). So my question is how often (if ever) are they used at your facility and what sort guidelines are in place for their use? The docs at my old hospital seemed to do just fine without them, so it confuses me why the doc here is so into using them with all of the risks they pose. Also, in your personal opinions (especially those of you have been nurses for a long time and greater amount of experience using them) do you think that the benefits outweigh the risks??