I could have strung up my teammate yesterday

  1. Normally she and I work very well together and can have fun in a crazy shift. Yesterday I got a woman in with a hx of CA and taking chemo. She did not have a port so her veins were almost shot. I was blessed enough to get a line in on the first try, and after I hung the bag the doc gave her permission to go outside for a smoke. I am asthmatic and my teammate is a smoker, so I asked B to take the pt outside for me. B helped the lady into a W/C. Afterwards the pt elected to stay sitting up for a while.

    About an hour later I suddenly realized I didn't see an IV line or bag. The bag was laying in the pt's lap, underneath the blanket, and.........you guessed it.....the line was firmly clotted off. B had gone to lunch and it was a good thing, because I was stomping around cursing her name!!!! She came back just as I was restarting the line, and she asked me, "What happened, did you lose the line?"

    Me: "No, you did!"

    Her name was Mud for several hours!
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   EmerNurse
    ARGH!!! And the poor pt had to be restuck. What a shame.

    <mutter, whine, complain> on your behalf of course. On the upside, if you grumbled enough to her, bet she doesnt do it again. Heh.
  4. by   gitterbug
    Don't that just fry your fritter! Been there, done that, and always feel sorry for the patient that has to be restuck. Hope your day is a better one.
  5. by   GeminiTwinRN
    I'm sorry you had to deal with that, Tazzi. Things like that really interupt our flow, not to mention the pain to the pt. in having to re-start the line. I hope you have better days ahead with this "teammate".

  6. by   TazziRN
    Quote from EmerNurse
    ARGH!!!
    <mutter, whine, complain> on your behalf of course. On the upside, if you grumbled enough to her, bet she doesnt do it again. Heh.
    Noooo, I don't think she will! I told her she was lucky she had been gone when I found it, 'cause I was cursing a blue streak and every other word was her name!
  7. by   jill48
    I don't understand what you are saying. Are you saying that the other nurse left the IV bag on the patients lap when they went out to smoke and never put it back on the pole when they came back in?
  8. by   TazziRN
    No, she laid the bag on the pt's lap and found out the pt didn't have a cigarette. The pt wanted to stay in the chair rather than go back to the gurney, so she said "Okay" and walked away without hanging the bag back up. She told me the pt wanted to stay in the chair but I assumed she had hung the bag back up. By the time I found it the line was filled with a solid clot of blood.
  9. by   jill48
    Oh, I see. Yeah, that really sucks.
  10. by   CHATSDALE
    dingbat
  11. by   burn out
    Gosh where I work patients are not even allowed to smoke anywhere. Neither are the employees or visitors for that matter.
  12. by   TazziRN
    We have a designated smoking area on the other side of the building from the ER, but nobody follows it. People just go right outside the ER and light up. I would not have given the pt permission, but the doc had already told her it was okay.
  13. by   Keepstanding
    Tazzi,
    Is your friend a nurse ? She should have known and not taken the chance.
    I might want to be a little leary of her capabilities if this is how she helps out.
  14. by   TazziRN
    Yes, she's a nurse and normally a very good one. That's why this ticked me off so bad, she knew better. I have never ever transported a pt with the bag in the lap......if no pole I have even resorted to holding the bag over my shoulder or even in my teeth.

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