LOL great one...I recognize that look. Several shifts ago I spent 8 hours in a room with a patient that talked an incomprehensivable blue streak Working as a Patient Sitter can get to me sometimes when we are trapped in a room with someone like that.
I only meant to just check in for a few seconds and move on but I got hooked and looked at all the cartoons...they are great keep 'em comin'
We had 2 codes one night, 30 minutes apart. Neither one should have been a full code, but the family wanted us to "do everything." So we did, and we beat the poor first patient to pieces (she was almost 90, and probably weighed 78 pounds, end stage CA with mets), and of course we never got a shockable rhythm and kept giving her epi until she probably had more epi than blood. Doc finally, FINALLY called that one, two stay to clean up the room, 1 to deal with the family, when the button goes off across the hall. We think someone's hit it by accident, go in, and the CNA's doing compressions and about to pass out. That one had an EF of about 15% and probably caused a couple of coke dealers to have a down turn in their profits when he died -- he'd killed his heart and kidneys getting high. We worked him for an hour before doc called that one, family's screaming and carrying on like they didn't realize that a 20 something who's in with heart attacks when he's not in for detox is probably not going to live very long.
We probably looked like that picture when we crawled out of the second room. If someone else had coded, I think we'd have all ended up in the ER needing fluids and electrolytes...
Was taking report the other night. Every patient on the team had just been admitted within the last couple of hours so there were still loose ends that needed tying up. Then, just when assessments and 9 PM meds were finished, and I thought I saw the light at the end of the tunnel, I was told I'd be getting another admit... a falls risk, 2-person assist patient who was being treated with lasix every few hours. Ugh...what a night! Except for meds, I wasn't able to get to any other charting until after shift change in the AM. And even though I work on a unit where everyone is very team-spirited, every other RN had a rough team, also, so no one was available to help anyone else. I didn't even take a sip of coffee all night. There was just so much action, there was no need for caffeine!