PACU/OR nurse issues

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    Hi, I am a PACU nurse and work primarily evening and weekends. During the weekdays all pre op patients go to the preop dept to get ready for surgery. On off hours pts come to PACU since that dept is closed. We have been doing more and more surgeries on off hours and it has become a big issue between the OR and PACU as to which dept is responsible for preoping the pts. I'm wondering how this is handled in other hospitals??? Thank you!

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    Quote from Trishjlb
    Hi, I am a PACU nurse and work primarily evening and weekends. During the weekdays all pre op patients go to the preop dept to get ready for surgery. On off hours pts come to PACU since that dept is closed. We have been doing more and more surgeries on off hours and it has become a big issue between the OR and PACU as to which dept is responsible for preoping the pts. I'm wondering how this is handled in other hospitals??? Thank you!
    And I thought my hospital was the only one with this issue! An OR nurse working call with me this weekend put it best and actually answered the question about why they do not pre-op after hours - "I have not given an IV medicine in years, I cannot remember the last time I had to start an IV, I cannot remember how to administer blood products - I can check them, I can't remember how to give them." And this is an OR nurse I really, really respect. 25+ years of experience.

    I cannot tell you how many times I have been woken up (while on call) at 2 am, told to come in to pre-op a patient, and basically hooked up some IV fluids and gave some Versed. Little did I know that those simple tasks can throw an experienced OR nurse into spasms. No matter how much we try - we always get called. Such is life.
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    Grrr...this just seems so ridiculous to me! Especially in today's world where every penny is watched. Do we really need to spend money paying call pay for pre-op??? The hospital I work at is a teaching hospital so there is always an anethesia resident to do anything that requires much experience. Basically someone has to just do the obvious stuff: check ID band, consent, allergies, site marking, etc. Nothing complicated. Really it is about sitting with the patient until they are taken into the OR. There must be some standards or usual practice out there to refer to?!
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    I'm not complaining...easy money.
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    Evidently, this wouldn't go well in the facility I work, for the simple reason that once a staff member states that they are not familiar with any given procedure, I send them to get the training necessary to address the issue. Furthermore, even if the staff member has 30+ years like myself, but he or she is lacking on skills they are going to get them even if I have to come in and do the training myself. Moreover, issues like these are address during nurse's week, and also during the staff evaluation period. Lastly, this is a matter of saving money to your facility and delivering a high standard of care to our patients without any delays. Best of luck to your facility resolving this matter
    PaKuRN likes this.
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    Shhhhh.....at the moment we have no preop responsibilities in our PACU. On weekends,the OR is responsible for getting the pt from the waiting area and escorting them into the theatre. Anesthesia does the preparatory work. Mon-Fri,the preop area does this (though not any ivs or iv meds...are you kidding me?!) they have totally lost their bedside nursing skills, and refuse to do anything -they return the pt to PACU for the smallest thing....even tried to recently for a pt who was ordered a CXR just as the pt was heading out the pacu DOOR....you'd thing they were being asked to DO the xray themselves!

    Sometimes a pt is brought from another hospital by paramedics for a pacemaker or AICD insertion and we have to hold them for a few minutes - but we just put them on the moniter and take a set of vs -not much else.

    I feel for any of you having preop duties added to an already FULL shift!
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    PACUJennifer, my sentiments exactly, I strongly feel that this issue needs to be brought to light in order to be addressed properly. Best luck to all of you that are going through this dilemma.
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    I was formerly a PACU nurse; it was mandated by the Dept of Public Health in the state where I reside that pre-op patients could not be placed in a PACU to await surgery. The OR had to take on the responsibility for pre-op pts "after hours" when the pre-op area closed. The PACU staff could no longer "be dumped on" as they always had been in the past.
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    Quote from scoochy
    I was formerly a PACU nurse; it was mandated by the Dept of Public Health in the state where I reside that pre-op patients could not be placed in a PACU to await surgery. The OR had to take on the responsibility for pre-op pts "after hours" when the pre-op area closed. The PACU staff could no longer "be dumped on" as they always had been in the past.
    WOW! That's excellent!!
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    I'm an OR nurse and we pre-op our own patients on call. Its a good way to brush up on skills. If there's an IV, I usually will try 2 sticks and then wait for the anesthesiologist if I don't get it. I give my own heparin, hang my own fluids, etc. Its not hard at all and I wouldn't want someone calling me from home for something so trivial. If there's any problems or meds I don't feel comfortable giving, I know I can always call anesthesia.
    CaliLvr000, PaKuRN, and SandraCVRN like this.


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