Oxygen levels possibly hurt pt?! - page 3

I was switching my patients nasal cannula over to a nonmask rebreather with a PCA tech. The pt must be on oxygen at all times so I had someone help me. When the PCA switched patient over from nasal... Read More

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    If the patient was that oxygen dependent that they desatted to the 60s in less than a minute, they had a lot more going on then you accidentally mixing up the oxygen. It's only natural to be concerned that you have harmed a patient, but that patient sounded really sick and them dying had nothing to do with you. Now if you had left the room and not come back and returned to find the patient dead, that would be another thing.

    There's already so many things that happen as a nurse that will make you feel bad. Why go out of your way to try to scrounge up other reasons to question yourself and feel bad?
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    Figure out how you are going to deal with this, then deal with it. If you agonize and agonize to the point of it showing in your behavior while at clinical, you will be giving your clinical instructor reason to doubt your abilities to continue. Believe me, you don't want to do that!
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    Today, I learned more about my patient before he passed away. Apparently he started to complain of chest pain. An EKG was ordered and found that he went into Atrial Fib. Also his lab values were all over the place. I believe it said he had an increase in BUN and creatinine. Also, if I remember correctly, his postassium levels were high. My instructor said that it looked like his body was shutting down- due to his lab values......
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    Quote from samiam4
    My instructor said that it looked like his body was shutting down- due to his lab values......
    I really dislike this phrase (the italics part). If you ever watch the 'true' medical shows on TV (e.g. Mystery Diagnosis) they use this phrase way, way too often. In this case, you had a pt who was very sick. In addition to his respiratory issues it sounds like he also developed increased cardiac issues and AKI--not sure if the kidney issue was secondary to poor cardiac function or vice versa. Not to minimize his death, but there is a lot of interesting patho going on. Regardless, it was his chronic illnesses that caused his death, not a few seconds without supplemental oxygen.
    Last edit by psu_213 on Feb 22, '12 : Reason: clarification
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    You didn't make him sicker. He was dying. If you can't get through this, please talk with someone about it. A friend of mine with PH was on 100% non rebreather and talking to me and in a manner of minutes he was gone when he had an episode of coughing.

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