This thread is about what do ICU's do for lunch breaks, how do you determine when who goes and who covers your patients. I work in a 24 bed MICU and we have a charge nurse who does not take patients, our staffing is 2:1 for the most part with frequent 1:1 patients. I was asked by my director to look at revamping our lunch break coverage due to an increase in falls on our unit from time to time. Currently we have 45 minute lunch and we assign a "break buddy" whom you report off to when you are leaving the unit for anything such as lunch or transporting a patient to ct-scan. This "buddy" then watches your patients while you eat. This works well but there really are too many nurses off the floor at once during peak lunch time. I have come up with a few possibilities with my colleagues working with me on the floor but I am looking to see what other ICU's do across the nation. I thought maybe I could learn something and get some ideas. Thank you in advance. Hope to hear from you!