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We had a pt the other day with non-stop nose bleeds who was at 4.X. He was almost continually getting blood products. ENT told the nurse to just stand there and hold pressure (nice- we're med/ surg, and she had 5 other pts; pretty sure that's not going to work), since IR wouldn't do the cauterization until morning, because they didn't consider it to be an emergency, and triage wouldn't move him to IMC or ICU just because he was otherwise stable. The only way to keep any blood in him was to continually replace it- that's stable?
As I dropped off my son at preschool this morning, in my sweatpants, I was reminded of this thread. There was a sign on the door that read, "There have been reported cases of Strep Throat, Pink Eye, Stomach Virus and Lice at this school." Yummy.
We got brand new white, dry erase boards in the pt rooms with all sorts of fancy new stuff added to them a few months ago (used to be the regular boards that just had our name, the tech's name, their Dr, etc, but these were oh, so much better). I was lucky enough to work the first night they were used. In our am "huddle" the director asked how we liked them. I spoke up and told her that they don't erase well (she was looking for feedback on how we liked all of the information we were now able to "provide" for our pts, but for the sake of functionality, erasing is important). She replied, "Well, you probably don't know how to erase." Really? I must have been out during that day of nursing school when they taught erasing. To this day, they become this horrible mess of black smudge after they are written on just once, and we apparently have 1 bottle of the official cleaner for the board, that we share between 3 units. Luckily, alcohol swabs work decently. Perhaps next, I can pursue a post-Master's certificate in dry erase board erasing.
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