TJ'sMOM 2,785 Views
Joined Sep 17, '12.
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I had to give a new IV to my patient, but I couldn't get it, so I left.
However I forgot to get the touniquet out from patient's arm, and I found it out 1 hour and 30 minutes later...
He was a confused patient, so he couldn't communicate with me. Besides the tourinquet was white, so I probably forgot, because it was underneath the white bed linen and patient's gown.
Anyways I got rid of the tourniquet as soon as I found it. His arm was natural normal color, positive capillary refill less than 3 seconds, able to move his arm and squeeze my hand, strong wrist pulse (THANK GOD!!!!!). Intern checked the patient with me, and he told me that the pt would be fine. I filed a incident report and made a nursing note about it.
He was complaining of sore arm, and I felt extremly sorry and stupid and almost near to cry. I kinda still wanna cry but too tired and too angry with my self to cry. At least I found it during my shift and didn't leave him on tourniquet longer, and it seems like the patient is fine, but I just feel like I will injure my patients one day seriously and want to quit clinical nursing...
Can I be totally honest?
I like reading the threads started by nurses whom have somehow gotten themselves into a hot, hot mess. I like to think about, what would I do in this situation? I like reading the replies. I like offering advice, if I can.
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