Quote from Biffbradford
If you feel that you need a defib along to make the trip in once piece, then DON'T GO! That patient is not stable. Fix the rhythm first.... [and while traveling always bring] an emergency kit with ACLS drugs and some volume (Plasmanate)
Frankly, I find it hard to believe that any prudent nurse who is caring for a patient with heart failure, so profound that they require an IABP, would feel that it's safe for this patient to leave the unit without a defibrilator. In fact, if I travel with a patient on a IABP, not only are they monitored, but I at times I will have them connected & transduced to a tram.
With this being said, what do you plan to do with your those ACLS medications if your patient is not connected to a monitor/defibrillator?
Just like nyrn5125
said, it's a standard and part of my hospital's policy that every patient must be connected to a monitor/biphasic defibrilator and a travel med box must be taken whenever traveling outside of the ICU. Cardiac arrythmias can happen anywhere at any time, especially when dealing with CCU patients!