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This is a discussion on Oh crap...I can't believe I forgot... in General Nursing Discussion, part of General Nursing ... to turn on the Heparin drip after I did a blood draw on a jugular access site!! Doh!! I did...by EJBNeuroRN Mar 26, '12to turn on the Heparin drip after I did a blood draw on a jugular access site!! Doh!!
I did the lab draw at 0600 and when I was sitting in my car on the way home at 0730, I suddenly remembered...and it hit like a brick...s#*! I forgot to turn the IV pump back on.
I know, I know heparin is a big deal, I should have remembered to turn it back on. I'm sure someone will reprimand me... I deserve it...and yes, I'm the worst nurse on the planet, please gather your stones and commence the throwing...
The patient was DCing home later in the AM and going to switch to oral Coumadin. I thought about calling the AM nurse and letting her know, but I didn't want to interrupt her day for her to say "Um, yeah, I saw you forgot to restart.. (thanks for making me walk all the way to the phone to hear something I already know)"
I am wondering what you guys have forgotten to do on your shift and then WHAM! it hits you...what did you forget and what did you do about it..
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- Mar 26, '12 by Piglet08Aww, heck. Easy to do; but what works well for me is to just PAUSE the IV pump instead of turning it off. Yes, it beeps. Yes, it's annoying. But it's much harder to forget about it.
- Mar 26, '12 by Wave WatcherThe only thing I would have done was actually call the nurse on shift. She may not have noticed herself yet.
I've had those "doh!" moments more times than I can count! Every nurse has had those days/nights/weeks......I think you'll survive to see tomorrow! Hugs!!
- Mar 26, '12 by tylooI don't mean to sound rude but......just kidding. Just FYI call work when you forget something like that. Yeah the oncoming nurse may have already known-or not?? I get phone calls from the previous shift and appreciate the heads up.
Now what specifically did I forget? Aw...can't remember (how ironic) but I know it happens. I, unlike you, don't realize I forgot something until the following day or two that I'm off . And the thing I forgot just appears out of nowhere! I don't know how it happens because when I leave work- I leave it! Good day or bad day- I don't rehash it. But it is crazy because it floats into my head out of nowhere. I could be brushing my teeth getting ready for bed and KABOOM it surfaces in my head (trying to mess with my sleep or make me feel guilty- LOL)
- Mar 26, '12 by Lynx25Sh*t happens, no bigge. I just call and let the next nurse know what's going on. (Or text, we text like maniacs here.)
- Mar 26, '12 by 1018rnIf the patient was ready for discharge, they should have been therapeutic in the Coumadin or switched to an injectable. It is an error, but certainly not the worst you could make, and I bet you'll never forget again. Don't beat yourself up too bad.
- Mar 26, '12 by sapphire18Yep, definitely should have called, but odd that she's on a heparin gtt on the day of discharge. Anyways...I will always remember things like an hour (or 3) later that my patient had asked for another blanket, or pillow, or ice water. Luckily it doesn't usually happen with meds, or other more important things! *knocks on wood*Oh yeah, and like someone above said, don't turn the pump off when it just needs to be put on hold.
- Mar 26, '12 by SeasI forget to chart stuff sometimes; especially the blood transfusions! Yea, I go back to work and chart the same day.
- Mar 26, '12 by evolvingrnour iv yells out us if we turn it off and don't turn it back on unless we put it in to standby.....otherwise i would have done that too. it happens.
- Mar 26, '12 by threebrats46Id have called the unit. Once I woke up at 3am in a cold sweat and hubby was like are you ok. I said I forgot to sign the restraint forms. It happens.