We have a BIG problem in our NICU. It seems that nurses were "altering" the neosuckers by cutting the bulb tip off and then suctioning the nares with it. Also, nurses were using 8 french catheters in the nares to suction. We have had lots of nasal trauma as a result. One of our Nurse practitioners was so fed up that she threatened to call Risk Management if the Neo suckers weren't pulled immediately. The kicker is that I am the "Whistle blower" and the other nurses are really not happy with me, but I am not willing to stand by and watch these infants be traumatized. My nurse manager asked me to write a suctioning guideline. My delimma is there are limited resources and I am hoping there are others in my situation that can point me in the direction of some resources or share policies/ guidelines/ help/ ANYTHING with me.
Thanks a BILLION!