I am a nursing student and just want to get a general consensus here.
The hypothetical question is:
Semiconscious patient with foreign body in throat is admitted to the ER. There is no MD present, but stat request goes out for the on-call doc. Without waiting, nurse decides to remove foreign body which is unsuccessful. Due to increasing cyanosis, said nurse decides to perform a tracheotomy which opens air passage and keeps patient alive until the doc gets there.
When would this be an acceptable procedure?
How flagrant would this behavior be: A) Proper under the circumstances; B) Nurse needs revocation of RN license, C) Malpractice suit being brought by patient.
I feel this is not a warranted action by the nurse because it exceeds her authority and the patient was still semiconcious but... how do all of you feel?