I have an idea......

  1. Before I tell you my idea, let me explain why I came up with the idea. I'm a senior in NS and grad in May. We have been given etiologies of all the major disease and disorders, we have been taught assessments, and normals. We have been taught about drugs and their pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. So I feel pretty comfortable with my knowledge base so far and just need some experience to go along with it. Since I'm planning on going CRNA eventually, I really looked forward to my ICU rotations. But there was one problem.......

    Even though I knew about the drugs and their actions on the body, I didn't know how to set the infusion pumps, neither baxter, plum or PCA. I'm sure there are others as well that I still have no idea even exist.

    So here is my idea, since I also program computers (total geek here) I want to create a simulation program that will let students learn how to set the pumps and what to expect when they are set. I'd program in any alarms, lights, and digital readouts so it simulates the pumps as close as possible. By doing this, when students come to the units they will have at least a decent idea what to do when they get there. It will make them more confident in their "skills" and it will give the preceptors more freedom after verifying that the student does indeed know how to run the pumps.

    How you can help: I need to get some good hi-res pictures of the front of the pumps, not the sides nor the backs. But a good front on picture of the pumps. Those pictures will be the underlay that I will place the controls on, so it needs to be as good of a picture as possible. The brochures they send out aren't hi-res enough.

    If you wish to help with this endeavor then just pm me for my email address so you will have a place to send the pictures to..................

    Hopefully if this turns out as expected then, it may be used during ICU indoctrination as well.
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  3. by   abattagliaRN
    Quote from Rage
    Before I tell you my idea, let me explain why I came up with the idea. I'm a senior in NS and grad in May. We have been given etiologies of all the major disease and disorders, we have been taught assessments, and normals. We have been taught about drugs and their pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. So I feel pretty comfortable with my knowledge base so far and just need some experience to go along with it. Since I'm planning on going CRNA eventually, I really looked forward to my ICU rotations. But there was one problem.......

    Even though I knew about the drugs and their actions on the body, I didn't know how to set the infusion pumps, neither baxter, plum or PCA. I'm sure there are others as well that I still have no idea even exist.

    So here is my idea, since I also program computers (total geek here) I want to create a simulation program that will let students learn how to set the pumps and what to expect when they are set. I'd program in any alarms, lights, and digital readouts so it simulates the pumps as close as possible. By doing this, when students come to the units they will have at least a decent idea what to do when they get there. It will make them more confident in their "skills" and it will give the preceptors more freedom after verifying that the student does indeed know how to run the pumps.

    How you can help: I need to get some good hi-res pictures of the front of the pumps, not the sides nor the backs. But a good front on picture of the pumps. Those pictures will be the underlay that I will place the controls on, so it needs to be as good of a picture as possible. The brochures they send out aren't hi-res enough.

    If you wish to help with this endeavor then just pm me for my email address so you will have a place to send the pictures to..................

    Hopefully if this turns out as expected then, it may be used during ICU indoctrination as well.
    I can help you, please contact me abattaglia@pocketnurse.com Tony
  4. by   abattagliaRN
    I can help you, please contact me abattaglia@pocketnurse.com Tony

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