Intubated Pt's Using Bedside Comodes - page 2

by EDrunnerRN

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Ok...a few days ago an ICU nurse, at my facility, stated that stable intubated patients on the Unit use bedside comodes. My first thought was you are joking, right?! No, she was serious! I don't pretend to be an ICU nurse or know... Read More


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    Quote from EDrunnerRN
    Ok...a few days ago an ICU nurse, at my facility, stated that stable intubated patients on the Unit use bedside comodes. My first thought was you are joking, right?! No, she was serious! I don't pretend to be an ICU nurse or know the aspects of care that pertain to ICU nursing but in the ER I would NEVER place an intubated pt on a bedside comode for obvious reasons, they are not stable. Can any ICU nurses out there back up her statement? For some odd reason, I keep picturing an intubated patient on a bedside comode and find it HILARIOUS! I think I need to see this to believe it!!
    Hi EDrunnerRN,

    It is uncommon, but yes, in my experience I had assisted ventilatated patients to a chair ; and in one or two occasions, to a bedside commode. As long as the patient is stable, it should not be a problem.
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    The majority of intubated patients I've had would yank that tube out the second the restraint is loosened let alone if attempted to get them up to a bedside commode, or desat the second you lower the HOB or turn them.

    Theoretically speaking, if the patient is stable and cooperative I would consider a bedside commode - just haven't seen a situation where it would even be considered.
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    Grey gull, it's not laziness, I think ambulating an intubated pt has fallen out of favor, esp.when you dont even have the time to get yourself to the bathroom. From my stand point, we barely have the staff to get through the day, our cna's get pulled according to the# of pt's, not by the acuity. So when our pt population drops regardless if they're on something like hypothermic protocol, we have to reduce our staff, I cannot walk an intubated pt when theres only 2 of us for the floor.
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    Quote from NtannRN
    Grey gull, it's not laziness, I think ambulating an intubated pt has fallen out of favor, esp.when you dont even have the time to get yourself to the bathroom. From my stand point, we barely have the staff to get through the day, our cna's get pulled according to the# of pt's, not by the acuity. So when our pt population drops regardless if they're on something like hypothermic protocol, we have to reduce our staff, I cannot walk an intubated pt when theres only 2 of us for the floor.
    First, don't be ridiculous with thinking I am referring to ambulating patients on a hypothermia protocol. I made a statement about sitting patients up in a bedside chair and yes, maybe ambulating a patient if it helps them gain strength to get off a ventilator. Taking the easy way out and just letting a patient lie there to get a trach attitude is a **** poor patient advocate attitude. Cry me a river because we all have rough shifts with layoffs and increased patient loads but one less patient with a ventilator and trach is one less patient that is the long term troll no one wants to care for until they are warehoused in some nursing home or sub acute. Amazing how a patient can sometimes become less than a human when attached to technology or they become part of the trach and peg club.

    Now, have you ever heard of getting a PT consult from the physician and having them arrange the ambulation with RT? Most hospitals are finding creative ways to use their multidisciplinary teams to reduce patient hospital stays and offer the patient something other than a life in a subacute. We get the PT involved with the patient while they are in the ICU especially if we suspect a patient will be a difficult wean but may still be capable of getting off the vent without a trach.
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    Please show me the research that intubated/sedated patients on vents that are put in chairs result in less trachs than those kept in beds turned q2h and the hob up.
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    Quote from burn out
    Please show me the research that intubated/sedated patients on vents that are put in chairs result in less trachs than those kept in beds turned q2h and the hob up.
    Just go to any reliable medical search engine and type in "mechanical ventilation out of bed". Add the word "pulmonary", "COPD" or "neuromuscular complications" and you will find more articles.

    YOU passively turning a patient does very little to strength the muscles they need to support being off a ventilator.

    You will also find articles that Phyical Therapy consults as soon as possible in the ICU also promotes quicker recovery times and less time in a SNF from the neuromuscular complications.

    Ever work on an acute rehab floor with stroke, TBI or quad patients who where initially mechanically ventilated straight from an ICU for vent and trach weaning? Straight from the ICU, these patients are put through an aggressive program and not just turning q2. The sooner some PT was initiated in the ICU, the easier it is to get them accepted into acute rehab with the 3 hour requirement. Ever hear the terms "endurance", "core strengthening" or "accessory muscles". Ever look at the metabolic studies done in your ICU? Oxygen and metabolic energy cost? How about some of the basic priniciples of pulmonary rehab being introduced earlier?

    Sometimes healthy people take for granted all the muscles it takes hold your head upright, sit in a chair or just to breathe.
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    Yes physical therapy is vital early in patients that have been extubated because they are weak as kittens. However, how do you get active rom out of someone that is sedated and how do they bear weight? I really don't want to reseach something I think is ludicrous.
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    wow never would think a pt intubated could get out of bed and walk the hallways!
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    sounds crazy to me
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    sorry for the post spamming


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