So, we all get the orders or ask for them or need them...but what does stat mean for your facility? Do you even have them?
Labs...only during the week do we get stat services on the weekends and some holidays stat services are available (sometimes
) if you call before 12 noon for them. Sometimes
if we can get the blood or urine ourselves, they can send a courrier Sometimes not. We have a lab a few miles up the road and sometimes
if we can get someone to drop the specimin off we can get it run. Oh..when we do get someome on the phone to talk to it normally is a few hrs at least until they can come.
Xray, dopper, ekg....all depends. Might be a few hours. They are good about letting us know how long and then calling us asap with the results.
Pharmacy...MUST call and speak with the Pharmacist directly when requesting a STAT. 3 hrs or so for a stat. Some days it might be quicker if one of our nurses call her friend who is a driver and asks about it. (Nice to have an inside)
IV..really no stat service for this..The IV nurses have a huge territory to cover and its impossible to get a stat service on this. We start a peripheral if we can and wait for the IV team to come for the midlines etc or arrange to send out for a PICC
The lack of STAT service when we are getting really, really acute/ younger residents often drive the need to send out for ER services. That and the fact that people are so used to NOW and wanting to get things when they ask for it. This was never a problem with our traditional non acute LTC residents.
Just wondering how your facility is handling them.