ER-101...Route/Meds/Terms - page 3

Hi, Just a tid-bit of info to those who are planning to work in an ER, or would just like to understand terms and what certain meds are for and what their uses are and why they are used. Correction... Read More

  1. by   espana22
    Thanks for the info! I am a new grad. ER nurse and they are very helpful! Any suggestions on little books to buy to keep in my pocket? I see a couple of nurses have them, but they are all different. Just wondering if anyone has found one they really like! I work in pediatric ER and adult ER.
  2. by   oldiebutgoodie
    Quote from TazziRN
    Um.....the med list is good because non-critical care nurses going into the ER wouldn't know some of them. The terms, however......I think it's pretty insulting. Yes, we have a few non-medical people who puruse the site, but even nursing students and CNA's know what those terms mean.
    I think the OP was trying to be helpful, not insulting. I appreciate anyone who takes the time to post such informative stuff. If you know it, you can just not read it, as opposed to criticizing it.

    Oldiebutgoodie
  3. by   Dakkon76
    Quote from CoolhandHutch
    UH oh....QD? The JCAHO folks are going to get you!
    Everyone should still know what they mean, because you'll encounter them being used when they shouldn't be... and considering that since they aren't norms anymore and may not be taught, I think it was a great idea to include them...

    Good list, looking forward to the next installment!

    /dak
  4. by   sumoe
    Very good website, lots of good info:

    http://enw.org/

    Also, most of ER medicine is done by algorithms, that is, established paths of care. So, much of report can be shorthand: "The patient in bed 3 is here for asthma and is on NMT#3 and has had solumedrol ivp." By the algorithm, you would know that the NMT is alupent/albuterol and the dose of solumedrol is 125 mg. It would then be time to reasses the patient for further needs, or even possible discharge.
  5. by   texaschick
    I do everyday I work in the ER and we specialize in "Train Wrecks" at least 50% of our Pt population is on dialysis if you can call it that they dialized once a week compasionate dialysis only if their K+ is high enough we have frequent fliers that come in with a k+ of 7.4 ... its so bad the when their are several of thes.e types of patients we will guess whose k+ is the highest mine won last week 8.8

    Quote from marybethm
    How about the term "train wreck". Does any other ER nurse use this term? Very technical.
  6. by   Jennifer, RN
    Train wreck, funny term. When I was in nursing school (a while ago), I was so naive. I heard the term "train wreck" from an experienced LPN getting her RN degree, and I was so thankful that I did not have to take care of that horrible train accident victim. Of course I felt like a fool later.
  7. by   pagandeva2000
    Greatly appreciated!
  8. by   pagandeva2000
    Please enlighten me...what does the term "train wreck" actually mean? Greatly appreciated, and I loved this information.
  9. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from TazziRN
    Um.....the med list is good because non-critical care nurses going into the ER wouldn't know some of them. The terms, however......I think it's pretty insulting. Yes, we have a few non-medical people who puruse the site, but even nursing students and CNA's know what those terms mean.
    Just curious, why do you find the terms as insulting? You can't judge how a person would actually perceive the information given, and there are times that we simply forget. I know that I appreciated this information and I am not even an ER nurse. It was simply put to understand for the layperson as well as the incumbant nurse who may have needed a brush up.
  10. by   Larry77
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    Please enlighten me...what does the term "train wreck" actually mean? Greatly appreciated, and I loved this information.
    When you look at a patient who is so sick and/or injured so bad that there is really a lot more wrong than is right. You look at them like ok...where do I start here? This to me is a train wreck patient.
  11. by   jojotoo
    Quote from pagandeva2000
    Please enlighten me...what does the term "train wreck" actually mean? Greatly appreciated, and I loved this information.


    Multi-system failure.
  12. by   Nursetobejmm
    I am a pre-nursing student and all the information was very helpful. Thanks for taking out the time to put it all together. :wink2:
  13. by   pagandeva2000
    Quote from jojotoo
    Multi-system failure.
    You never stop learning in nursing. Thanks!:spin:

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