Hi, not any great story. It seems like a lot of Allnurses sites are getting less responses and or less interesting, and or there is only so many questions, comments, nurses can make?
I hate GIB. They scare me to death. I think I have intentionally forgotten any horror stories. The only one I have a clear memory of is from when I was the 11 pm to 7 am nursing supervisor and honestly had no idea what GI nursing, scopes, etc. involved. We did not have an on call GI team, I had to "hope" I could get a GI tech and moderation sedation nurse to come in! They didn't want me to have the OR tech on call be the GI tech because of course if I had a stat OR case that would mess things up more! I had never worked GI. (I did transfer to out-patient surgery later and have since done GI nursing.)
Anyway a bad GI bleeder was admitted to ICU, I (thankfully) don't have a real clear memory but I know the on call GI doctor (who was not our hospitals regular GI doctor, he mainly worked the for profit hospital across town.) Came in and of course needed a Sengstaken Blakemore tube. (Of which I only had a vague idea of what those were.) So I had to go rummaging through our supply room and of course we DID NOT HAVE ONE. One of those cases where we use them so seldom they get old and are thrown away! The GI doc was furious. "This patient is doing to die if we don't get a SB tube down him."
It was a mess. The patient had to be intubated and all we (I) could think to do was send him by ambulance across town to the for profit hospital. I had to send our respiratory therapist in the ambulance with him. I remember at that point thinking I didn't care WHAT doctors, nurses therapists, etc., I had to send with him, just please get him our of our hospital!
The next morning our Adminstrative Nursing director praised me for sending our RT person which apparently wasn't following "protocol."