Circulators recovering

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    I was just wondering how common it was for circulators to recover their own patients whole on on?
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    I was a circulator for 2 years and never once recovered my own patient. Always straight to PACU.
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    We've had issues on occasion where the PACU nurses have full slots and a patient is brought out to clear out an OR. In these situations, the CRNA is expected to stay with the patient until a predetermined RN has a slot open. Never seen a circulator do it though.
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    Circulators where I work are required to recover their patients while on call!
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    Sometimes after hours it is not deemed necessary for our PACU staff to be called out; this applies only where there is not more than one patient or where the patient is being done under local. This includes caesars done under spinal anaesthetic.

    At these times the anaesthesia provider must ensure that the patient is fully awake and stable before leaving theater. In other words, the patient is practically ready to go direct from OR to the ward.

    However, if it is a long case or the patient is critical, the PACU RN on call is required to come in.
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    our circulators would crap on themselves if they had to do anything besides answer phones and run to grab extra equipment for the surgeons.
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    Quote from RN1980
    our circulators would crap on themselves if they had to do anything besides answer phones and run to grab extra equipment for the surgeons.

    Glad to know what you think about us...

    When I worked in a small 2 OR 25 bed hospital there were 3 RN's, sometimes we circulated, and recovered our own pts, sometimes we did recovery all day. Mostly we all worked together.
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    Quote from RN1980
    our circulators would crap on themselves if they had to do anything besides answer phones and run to grab extra equipment for the surgeons.
    There's a lot more to being an OR nurse than answering phones and running for extra equipment. Come visit us some day.

    Perhaps your "circulators would crap on themselves" because they haven't had the proper training/orientation to recovering patients. Where I work, PACU nurses are required to take the critical care course. Having to send all OR nurses to that course would not only cause havoc with the schedule, it would also take slots in that course away from ER/ICU/PACU/step down units who truly need that course. Our OR nurses also aren't required to maintain ACLS certification. In my opinion, it's not safe to have someone not ACLS certified recovering fresh postops.
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    no its not what i think about you..its what i know about the circulators that im exposed to at my hospital. they dont recover jack..
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    Quote from poetnyouknowit
    There's a lot more to being an OR nurse than answering phones and running for extra equipment. Come visit us some day.

    Perhaps your "circulators would crap on themselves" because they haven't had the proper training/orientation to recovering patients. Where I work, PACU nurses are required to take the critical care course. Having to send all OR nurses to that course would not only cause havoc with the schedule, it would also take slots in that course away from ER/ICU/PACU/step down units who truly need that course. Our OR nurses also aren't required to maintain ACLS certification. In my opinion, it's not safe to have someone not ACLS certified recovering fresh postops.
    dont care to visit you, i see first hand what the or circulators do, and they dont recover at my hosital.
    GHGoonette likes this.


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