Skin assessment in the ED - page 2

Hi all, I am a surgical floor nurse visiting you all with a question about how skin assessments are done in the ED. The hospital where I work has initiated a protocol that a head to toe skin... Read More

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    Quote from amarilla
    Thank you again for all of your responses. Even for a few hours, I wish they'd let us come down and see how things operate. I'm sure it would eye opening and most helpful with things like this.
    We actually did this where I used to work with one inpatient unit with which relations were becoming particularly strained. You could bring this up to your shared governance council as well.

    If you're really going to get a feel for it, though, you need to come at the predictably busiest times -- usually from 3pm to 11pm. Or ... at 7am on a day when we have held 15+ admissions overnight because there are no beds upstairs ... and you can see what it's like trying to provide inpatient care in an outpatient setting.

    Thanks for wanting to understand the whole problem!
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    [quote=amarilla;511777I remember thinking, 'who's looking at a AOx3, walky talky 38 year old appy's feet in the EMERGENCY department?!'

    UG!! This is exactly why I'm here to gather some info, because there are some who seem to be under the impression that you guys strip everyone naked and know and see all.

    Thank you again for all of your responses. Even for a few hours, I wish they'd let us come down and see how things operate. I'm sure it would eye opening and most helpful with things like this.[/quote]

    And you're welcome to come to the Dark Side anytime you wish, should you feel like you want a change of scenery. :heartbeat
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    Quote from amarilla
    See, now *this* is what gets missed even though it seems like common sense. I had another nurse pass on in report that newly admitted patient 'had two small, closed sores - one in-between third and fourth toe and one on the bottom of second toe that the ED didn't catch." I remember thinking, 'who's looking at a AOx3, walky talky 38 year old appy's feet in the EMERGENCY department?!'

    UG!! This is exactly why I'm here to gather some info, because there are some who seem to be under the impression that you guys strip everyone naked and know and see all.

    Thank you again for all of your responses. Even for a few hours, I wish they'd let us come down and see how things operate. I'm sure it would eye opening and most helpful with things like this.

    I agree with everyone else on the topic, but what I really want to say is that, as an ED nurse, I really appreciate your insight and attitude in a difficult situation. You sound like a great nurse and I hope your co-workers appreciate you.
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