Ugh, nutty day. I had two respiratory failure patients that had initially been stable but then crashed en route for EMS. The first thing I did this morning (before signing in, getting my phone, etc.) was assist with the immediate intubation of the first one. We did our workup, took her to CT, and so one, and got her to ICU, no problem
A few hours later, same exact scenario. Same gender, same age, same initials! Another immediate intubation upon arrival (this one was was SICK - not that the other one wasn't). She was a bit harder to handle sedation/BP-wise but it was okay...kind of...
The kicker was that the SAME ICU nurse admitted this patient. I think they were having major staffing issues because they usually try to avoid multiple admissions for one nurse. I felt so bad for her. I told her she was essentially getting the same patient and I was only partially kidding.... When transferring the second patient to her bed in the unit, it was me, the same unit nurse from earlier that day, the same RT - kind of like a really bad deja vu
Oh and by the way, I just have to report (in contrast to the experiences of other posters in another thread) that both of my patients were fully undressed and in a clean gown, had complete and thorough documentation, and there was no poop to be found
Anyone else have a crazy Sunday? It's been out of control for us since Christmas Day.