What do you want in a set up of a new room for an incoming patient? - page 2

hey guys! i am currently a nursing student working in an MSICU as a nursing assistant part of our job is to get the room "set up" when an incoming patient is coming to the unit. I wanted to get other... Read More

  1. by   8jimi8ICURN
    i want two suction setups, a zero'd bed, 4 sets of iv tubing, iv pumps, monitoring equipment, flushes, poccbg supplies, iv start setups and angiocaths, bath supplies, a new gown, chux/ultrasorbs, a slideboard or sheets, information on the whiteboard. Time arrived:, Weight:, Temp:, and Height:

    and any supplies that we might need when we see what the patient has. core temp foley kit, central line dressing change kits, if the patient has wounds: supplies to dress them

    AND the unit camera.

    have all that and i won't complain.
  2. by   xtine618
    Definitely ask the nurses on the unit. Your list seems pretty thorough. I would not necessarily add stuff for NGs. Also, many ICU admits are transfers from other floors so they may already have bathing supplies. Like many have said, zeroing the bed should be added to your list. But one of the things I try to avoid is over stocking the room/drawers. Keep in mind that if you have a patient in isolation, most of that equipment has to be thrown away even if it's in a wrapper when they are discharged.
  3. by   IABP4U
    Been a while since anyone posted, but I'm passionate about this topic (partly bc excess "stuff" causes clutter, which drives me nuts). One time I took it upon myself to keep an informal tally of all the excess supplies that are not used after a pt is discharged from my ICU. I then got with my manager to determine the "cost" of one J-loop, lopez valve, suture removal kit, etc. The rest was simple math. When the dust settled, I was shocked at the total dollar amount. My unit used this information as a teaching point for everyone: bring in only what you truly need, return what you don't use (unless the pt is isolation).
  4. by   blondesareeasy
    A big, fat, huge NO VISTORS sign is most important of all.