Recently the LTC I work at admitted a person with a trach. Pt is on RA with humidity, is a FULL code. This PT has a diagnosis of recurrent respiratory distress and seizures. According to the care plan written by the RN the patient is not to be AMBU bagged until breathing stops or PT's o2 sat drops below 60. The RN does not feel 24hr Oximetry is necessary however there is no other way to ensure PT is stable because PT is checked on only every 30minutes at most.
This is very concerning to the other RNs who work for this agency d/t on call duties. Not only that but what is the liability side of this situation and could there be criminal charges made if the PT should die?
According to the care plan written by the RN the patient is not to be AMBU bagged until breathing stops or PT's o2 sat drops below 60.
Is there a doctor's order for this? It does not seem appropriate for a full-code patient.
Last edit by bill4745 on May 2, '10
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