This is a discussion on Phase II Question in PACU Nursing, part of Nursing Specialties ... I am new to phase II and I have a question maybe you can help me with. Sometimes it seems to me...
I am new to phase II and I have a question maybe you can help me with. Sometimes it seems to me like one of the other nurses is so focused on getting the patients out the door that things are being overlooked that are detrimental to the patient. For instance, today once of our colonoscopy patients started complaining that their asthma was kicking up and the wheezing was audible without a stethoscope. Sats dropped from 97% to 86%. I asked her (stupidly I admit) if there were any orders concerning the asthma and she looked at me like I was crazy and said no they are here for the other end. I could not get it across to her that there was a problem going on because she was only concerned that it was post coloscopy and we just needed to get 'em up and things would probably clear up. Fortunately, they had their own inhaler with them and all turned out ok. I was not his discharging nurse but we do kinda share care in our phase II area. I am only 8 weeks into this area and it is totally new to me. Am I overly cautious or am I actually paying attention to my patients like I think I am? I am being told both things. If you think I am overly cautious...why is wheezing and a 11 point sat drop unimportant in someone just because the procedure they had involved the other end? Thanks
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Sometimes you'll come accross nurses whose only goal is to go home at the end of the shift. I admit I feel that way sometimes but my nursing instincts kick in when a patient has problems. You were right to be concerned about your pt who had audible wheezes with 02 sats 86%..As nurses we are responsible for the safety of our patients..No matter which unit we work in, airway is always the number one priority.
Last edit by gwendelyn on Jun 20, '10
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