Advice regarding student in Neuro ICU - page 3

I wanted to ask a question to all the ICU nurses out there. If you could teach the preceptor students 1 or 2 things before they arrived to start their preceptorship what would it be and why? ... Read More

  1. by   DustinRN
    Quote from Elenaster
    Dustin,

    By the look of that waveform, I can see why your supervising RN wanted to go with the cuff. I'm really impressed that you attached a drawing for me. I'm not that talented, but I did find a link that may help. The key to a good square wave test is the way the waveform oscillates (moves up and down vertically) at the end of the square wave.

    I actually have this little brochure myself, but take a look at it and see what you think:

    http://www3.medical.philips.com/reso...n/hemo_mon.pdf

    Also, what was the size of your BP cuff in relation to the patient?

    Gotta go now, but I'll check back later...

    Elenaster, I believe it was an medium (adult) size cuff. From the cuffs I saw we only have three different sizes, small, medium, and large.

    I looked at the link you provided, but I think it confused me to no end. I didn't quite understand what all of that stuff meant. I do appreciate the link though.

    I'm sure I'll have more questions after I get back home from working Thursday night.
  2. by   gwenith
    Dustin Try Mark's site I can't get the graphics to upload so I can't tell what the diagrams are like but usually his explanations are easy. I keep an eye out for a good site for artlines and other ICU stuff. I did start a websites sticky in the ICU forum but haven't got round to adding good heamodynamic sites yet.
  3. by   Elenaster
    Quote from DustinRN
    Elenaster, I believe it was an medium (adult) size cuff. From the cuffs I saw we only have three different sizes, small, medium, and large.

    I looked at the link you provided, but I think it confused me to no end. I didn't quite understand what all of that stuff meant. I do appreciate the link though.

    I'm sure I'll have more questions after I get back home from working Thursday night.

    Sorry Dustin! I didn't mean to confuse you :imbar

    I just wanted you to look at the art. line waveforms and I should have been more clear about that. I would try to explain it, but I think without a visual aid it would be even more confusing.

    I agree with Gwenith. Check out Mark's site to see if he explains it more clearly.
  4. by   NeuroICURN
    DustinRN...

    Just wondered how it's going?

    Hope you're having a good experience!

    NeuroICURN
  5. by   DustinRN
    Quote from NeuroICURN
    DustinRN...

    Just wondered how it's going?

    Hope you're having a good experience!

    NeuroICURN

    It's going hectically! I'm currently taking classes for my RN-BSN classes that will hopefully start in January. I have the NCLEX-RN scheduled for June 9th. If all goes well I will start my job in the Neuro/Trauma ICU on June 21st. Well, I will start orientation on the 21st. The actual nursing will take a week or two before I begin. I have just been so busy with classes and study for the NCLEX that I haven't had time to post lately.

    Hopefully, it will slow down a bit after I take NCLEX. Then I begin ACLS, PALS, CC training course...ect Maybe I'll still be in a frenzy
    :chuckle

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