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 nurses opions and things you as nurses would want in the room. I figured I would give a list of things i put in the room and then everyone can add to it or make specific requests like say something specific if it is an open heart or a trauma patient.
the things i put in the room are:
-hook all suctions up with canister and lines
-get the leads ready by straightening out the cords and putting on the electrodes so their ready to put on when the patient arrives
-get BP cord set up
-get pulse OX cord set up
-i have a pack of restraints ready near the sink
-at least 2 set ok lanuerks (sp?, the long things for suction)
-a bag of normal saline
-swabs (for MRSA etc)
-bottle of irrigating water
-2 diffrent types of "needles" the big ones used for NG tubes and the other big one that doesnt have the long plastic tip on it
-a container to collect an measure urine
-swabs for suctioning ( for oral care)
- a lopez valve
- all the regular patient care things (basin, sopa, wipes, peri care spray, powder, lotion, tissues, etc)
-a pack of crib pads ( the absorbent green pads)
-an irrigation bulb kit
-extra packets of 4x4's
*and i check all drawers to make sure the room is stocked with normal supplies
i cant think of everythign else i put in the room but that is an idea of what i first put in the room when i know the patient is coming up
what else should i put in the room to make the nurses life a little easier?
as a nursing student i kind of try to think like a nurse would while doing that and thinking what would i want in the room if i were getting a new patient into the ICU but since i am not a nurse yet i cant really think of everything
are there any specific things i need to place in a room if say there is a trauma coming up (ex. motorcycle accident) or say an open heart is coming?
thanks guys for all your help!
Jun 22, '12
Here's what else I do:
Zero the bed, lower it and put all the side rails down
Remove blanket, top sheet and extra pillows
Take the recliner out of the room (our bathrooms are big enough to put it in there)
Ensure there are flushes, IV tubing, etc.
Set up glucometer with strips, etc (and make sure it's QCd
IV pump and pole
And like Bec said, anything specialty once you listen to report (vent, art line/CVP set up, isolation cart, etc)
We set up our own rooms, so we usually have the advantage of knowing what kind of patient we are getting.
Last edit by mochamonster on Jun 22, '12
: Reason: spacing