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  • Oct 26 '16

    What I have read on Indeed about coding is that medical records is eating into that profession. Even very experienced coders are having difficulty finding work.

  • Oct 8 '16
  • Sep 6 '16

    Came home from night shift. Plopped down in the chair, turned on the TV to watch the news and saw the second plane hit live. Got to bed late that day.

  • Aug 31 '16

    Quote from rzookrn
    The only thing that really gets me is GI bleed, like has been bleeding for days/weeks. I once had this little old lady from a nursing home, bil AKA, GI bleed, and very dead. She coded at the nursing home and was not revived enroute or in the ED. I tried to clean her up before taking her to the morgue. Oh my. Every time I would roll her over to put the body bag under her, more horrible smelling GI bleeding diarrhea would come out. Finally after running out of the room gagging (and laughing) about 4 times, I put a towel under her buttocks and zipped her up and took her to the morgue. It was unreal how bad the whole ER smelled for hours after that!!!
    That's my most gross story also. Got an ICU admission for a gent with a GI bleed. Ridiculously low H/H so they did an emergency colonoscopy right there in the bed at 3am. We had quite a gallery of on lookers as the Doc used a lot of water to keep flushing the colon so he could find the source of bleeding. The water/feces/blood filled the bed and turned into a stinky waterfall running onto the floor. We had two aids attempting to mop it up as we went along but they just ran out of mops, clean towels, etc.

    That was the nastiest, stomach turning, experience I ever had in my 12 years there.

  • Aug 11 '16

    Great post. Had to look that one up! Genetic huh? So, so there is no 'cure' just 'management'.

    Found this link:

  • Jul 29 '16

    You go shopping at Walgreens and someone opens a fire door out back or something and you think they just called a code!!

  • Jul 23 '16

    Quote from KindaBack
    The place to start is with the emergent:

    Ventricular tachycardia (VT, Vtach)
    Ventricular fibrillation (VF, Vfib)
    3rd degree block
    Superventricular tachycardia (SVT)
    Atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response (Afib w/ RVR)

    Don't get too hung up in all the details. Be able to spot these and know the treatments and you'll cover >95% of the cases.

    And recognize that the monitors have pretty good algorithms to spot the lethal rhythms.

    If the rate is greater than 50 and less than 110, it's not likely to be an emergency.

    Start with Thaler's book and go from there.

    Right on.

    Is it a lethal rhythm or not?

    Is lethal? Can I shock it? Then I'm gonna shock it!
    Can I pace it? Then I'm gonna pace it.

    It's not so bad.

    In 3 hospitals over 19 years, I can't remember a cardiologist or electrophysiologist ever saying "ECG". It's always been "EKG".

  • Jun 7 '16

    How much do perfusionists make compared to ICU RNs. You want me to do their job too? Show me the money.

  • Apr 1 '16

    Scary? After you've been in the game so long, I think you become desensitized to stressful situations and it takes a real bad threat to be 'scary'. However, one time we did have an angry husband barricade himself in a patient's ICU room (with glass doors), not letting anyone come near the patient. She had been there for a few months, but was still quite sick, so when we saw her EKG go flat line, we became 'concerned'. Maybe it was just a lead that fell off, but we didn't want to wait 15 minutes for the next automatic blood pressure reading to confirm it or not. Oh, we had security and the local police there too. It was quite the scene. In the end, everyone was fine and he was escorted away. Most importantly, I was just beginning a weeks vacation, so I didn't have to deal with it the next day.

  • Jan 31 '16

    Talkers: "Gotta go!" then exit stage left.

  • Jan 30 '16

    Quote from traumaRUs
    I guess my concerns are that

    a. This is outpt dialysis - the pts come by themselves - no family/caregivers present.
    b. This is rural area - transplant center is 200 miles away in Chicago.
    c. There are only 2 RNs present in the building for 32 pts.
    d. By the time they get too dry and pass out, it could be a little late to start thinking about "what we should do."
    d. If they pass out because they are too dry, you do the same things that you would for a person without a VAD. If anything, you know that you've got a good, working pump that will keep on pumping. Not necessarily true for all your patients!

    The patient WILL have an emergency number on a business card or such that you can call 24/7 and they can talk you through a battery change or what have you. Support is just a phone call away no matter where you are.