Latest Likes For Cinquefoil

Latest Likes For Cinquefoil

Cinquefoil, BSN, RN 4,438 Views

Joined Oct 3, '08. He has '2' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Med Surg, Home Health'. Posts: 201 (35% Liked) Likes: 237

Sorted By Last Like Received (Max 500)
  • Apr 10

    1) I dreamed I'd just begun to take care of a full patient assignment when I was urgently assigned another patient (on another unit) who had just had a serious blood transfusion reaction.

    The other unit looked like someone's empty guest bunkroom, empty except a young female patient. She looked totally OK and as I went towards her with the vitals machine she walked away. No phone to call for backup, no security, no one else around. I desperately followed her. She went to the mall and went shopping for snacks as I trailed her around poised to start a code.

    FINALLY she went back to her room and then wanted to talk about her family troubles. I was like, Uhhh, NO, I'm going to take your blood pressure, then I have to go see my other patients!

    No idea why it was OK for me to leave her in her room but not in the mall.

  • Mar 12
  • Nov 23 '15

    It sounds like the safest option to prevent excessive pressure from being applied to a PICC line is to use a 10 cc syringe.

    It also sounds from the link above like there are safe ways to use smaller syringes down to about 3 cc, but that the odds of those ways actually BEING safe in practice depends a LOT more on the user being meticulous (and on the gods of Luck and Chance).

    How many 100% meticulous nurses do you know??

    This is why we're using disinfecting port protectors on all IV lines at work now- because who do you know that always "scrubs the hub" for 15-30 seconds, then lets it dry the same amount of time before accessing? Even though doing it any other way is proven to be less safe and to risk serious complications?

  • Nov 1 '15

    "I hope a polar bear eats you."