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- by beatrice1 Dec 8, '11I am a new Grad landed a job in LTC which I LOVE! I have been on the job for 3 months now. I am still learning alot and not too sure of myself. Everyone says "use your nursing judgement" but it's hard when you don't have any experience.
Last night I had a resident who came to me to say she "just didn't feel right" She said she was dizzy and her head hurt. I took her vital signs... pulse was 180! I thought something was wrong with the pulseox, I have never heard of a pulse getting that high. I tried to take her b/p. could not hear anything, tried both arms. couldn't get it. I called another nurse in (the LPN that was passing meds) I asked her to try. she couldn't either. I immediately called her doctor and reported it and he said to send her out to the ER. Did all the necessary paperwork while the other nurse sat with her.
This was the first time I had an emergency, first time I even had to call the doctor first time filling out all the paperwork...ect. I was so overwhelmed, I feel like all my assessment skills went out the window.
Could someone give me feedback as to what more I could have/ or should have done. I would appreciate it.
and has anyone ever seen a pulse rate this high?
(she has history of A-fib and MV repair)
- Dec 8, '11 by Coulter630I've seen many pulses this high. ICU is a great place to see that kind of stuff. I'm confused as to what you are saying is a pulse ox. Usually when I use that term I'm thinking about how much oxygen is getting to the tissues (capillary). You said, I've never seen a pulse ox that high. They are supposed to be high 94-100%, is considered good in any hospital I've ever been.
- Dec 8, '11 by FancypantsRNWas probably Afib with RVR, it happens quite a bit - and her dizziness would be accounted for with how fast her heart was beating. You definitely did the right thing in calling the doc and getting her to the ER. You learned from this experience and will continue to learn with others in the future (where the nursing judgement will come from) -I say good job!
- Dec 8, '11 by jmdRN180 is not unheard of in a-fib. I've seen a-fibs in the ER running 220, tho not for long. You did well to send her out, likely they'll medicate her to try to convert her back to NSR or at least slow her HR to the low 100 range.
- Dec 8, '11 by michelle126Um...sounds like what you did was correct! If you had any "crash cart" like items you could have gotten them ready while waiting for EMS. (our EMS response time is around 2-5 minutes) If EMS gets there before the paperwork is done, just get them out of the facility. You can always fax the papers to the ER.
- Dec 8, '11 by nyemt2005sounds like a basic ACLS scenario.
- Dec 8, '11 by beatrice1what is RVR?