NeuroICU_Sara 1,168 Views
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Check out NDNQI too for information regarding patient falls, etc.
I am a neuro ICU nurse and many of my patients are prescribed Nimodopine for vasospasm. These are large,coated pills that can not be crushed. Many nurses poke holes in them with needles and either squirt the liquid into a med cup or aspirate into a 5-10mL syringe.
This enables you to mix with other meds and administer them via a DHT, NGT/OGT, or PEG.
One night a new graduate aspirated the medication into a syringe. She took the needle off and went over to the patient and injected it into a PIV. The patient almost died. And the new grads preceptor was right there watching her aspirate the medication with the syringe.
Nurses need to be serious about safety at all times. The only hard stop to prevent this type of medication error (wrong route) would be to only have liquid form available in patient's that can not swallow their medications.
Thanks! I love the Neuro ICU. It suits my "psycho type-A" personality Be glad your patient wasn't awake enough to engage in fecal painting. Never a dull moment in neuro!!
I have a friend that works for Adventist Hinsdale and loves it! I've also heard good things about Prescence St. Joe's in Joliet.
I am interested in the DL MSN APN program. Thoughts or feedback?
my email is email@example.com
thanks in advance!!!
I haven't worked at any of the above hospitals, but do have RN friends that have. Each had good things to say about Edward, CDH, and Rush-Copley.
NMH dragging their feet in the interview process?? Not so shocking. I worked there for five years and still have many nursing contacts throughout the hospital. I did hear that they cut the orientation period for new grads which I find quite scary. It's not a bad place to work in comparison to other local hospitals.
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