Just curious; Would this pt be one-on-one in your ICU? - page 4

Septic, vented, Swann-Ganz, Q1hr peak airway pressures, Q2hr blood sugars, Q6hr CBC/lytes/lactc acid/ABG's plus PRN labs making it more like q2-4hr labs, gastric tonometry with Q1hr PgCO2 readings... Read More

  1. by   ArenRN
    If census allowed that pt would have been a 1:1. If not, paired with a stable patient. The PACU nurse would have been in the unit recovering the pt and I would take over again after recovery period.
  2. by   PhantomRN
    (Post# 23)

    <<Just curious; Would this pt be one-on-one in your ICU? (Post# 1)

    Septic, vented, Swann-Ganz, Q1hr peak airway pressures, Q2hr blood sugars, Q6hr CBC/lytes/lactc acid/ABG's plus PRN labs making it more like q2-4hr labs, gastric tonometry with Q1hr PgCO2 readings and Q6 PgPi/Ph readings,Q4hr CVP readings, to OR and back for debridement of necrotic pancreas, on Versed drip, etc, etc..Nurse with < 6 months ICU experience. Also got an admission. Is this alot, or is it just me?Just curious...>>

    It would not be 1:1 at my place either. All the labs would be drawn by lab including the Q2 hr blood sugars, we dont do them unless we need to pull off a line. All the resp stuff, abg's vent stuff and peak resp readings would be done by resp therapy. They also would speak to the md themselves on what they had done, it does not go thru me.
    The CVP and CO2, well at least at my place......we run a strip and tape in the chart....as far as documenting it well....open the computer and click the button to transfere the info.
    That is just tasky stuff the real meat is looking at the pt and figuring out when and if theya are in trouble.
  3. by   NurseDaniMarie
    In the general ICU where I worked, the staffing would never allow any 1 on 1. Now I work in the transplant ICU (heart & lung) and is also CVICU overflow. 1st 2 days Transplant pts and CABG pts are mandatory 1:1. In fact, transplant pts that just come from surgery are 2:1 for the first 24 hours.
  4. by   RNforLongTime
    Since I work in a small hospital ICU any pt that is as bad as this pt sounds would probably shipped out to Cleveland--either the CCF or UH. But then again we have had pt's that were very ill that we've taken care of but never a 1:1 situation. We would usually give that nurse a lesser acuity pt. I am a new nurse in ICU and I doubt that I would be assigned to care for that patient. If I were still in orientation, yes I'd be that pt's nurse but I'd have my preceptor's help.
  5. by   jessie
    sounds like a lot for a new nurse. Accident waiting to happen. The real problem occurs when you accept that assignment and do not say anything about it. You need to voice your complaints.
    good luck

    Jessie
  6. by   aj1973
    this discussion is really concerning me - i thought the whole point of having a patient go to icu is that they have to be nursed 1:1, what else is an icu for. here we have high dependancy units for patients who no longer require 1:1, but they are 2:1 at the worst. ventilated patients are always 1:1, there must always be a nurse at the end of their bed no matter what. the patient you are talking about would be 1:1, preferably with a more experienced icu nurse looking after them, no question!!!
  7. by   mattsmom81
    The general rule here in the states is 2:1 patient nurse ratio and often they push us for 3:1, which we fight unless the patients are fairly stable, or one is ready to move to a stepdown unit.

    Rarely do I get a 1:1 unless it's hemodynamically unstable (ie fresh CABG). Once the CABG is relatively stable (first 4-8 hours) I get an admission or pick up a second patient .

    I like the ratios in your transplant/CABG unit, Nurse DaniMarie!
    I've never done transplant but I bet it's interesting and challenging work!

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