This is what I send out to our senior students before their ER rotation:
Items to Review
Whether you have done a lot of IV starts or none at all, don't worry!!
Learning is what the rotation is for! I just want you to be familiar
with the procedures so you know how to measure the NG tube before we place it. Don't be nervous about skills, there will be ample opportunities to practice in a safe environment. Review these skills:
NG tube placement
OG tube placement (with a ventilated patient)
EKG lead placement
3 lead (red, white, black)
12 lead placement
Foley catheter placement
Straight catheter placement
Remember, just a few important points about each. Why would it be used it in the ER?
Magnesium (what type of dysrhythmia is it used to treat?)
What drug do you use to reverse opioid overdose?
What drugs on this list are narcs?
What drug do you use to reverse benzodiazepine overdose?
What drugs on this list are benzos?
Keep pathos short, I mean 10 words or less!!! Think about assessment!! You will be doing a lot of focused system assessments while in the ER.
Common signs of an MI
What is Troponin? What does it mean if it’s elevated?
with the following rhythms:
What does supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) mean?
Normal Sinus Rhythm
What is shock?
What are the four (major) types of shock?
What is anaphylaxis?
How do the kidneys regulate BP? (no long patho, just the big picture in 10 words or less)
Common signs of a kidney stone
How does the liver effect clotting (in 10 words or less!)
Common signs of appendicitis
Common signs of cholecystitis
What is DKA? What are the common sign and symptoms?
Common signs of a stroke
Differences in treatment of hematic stroke vs ischemic stroke
Common signs of herniation
What is involved in a nuero assessment?
What is a Glasgow Coma Score?
Common signs of pneumonia
Common signs upper respiratory tract infection
Croup, RSV, bronchitis, pharyngitis (we see a LOT of these!)