We were recently informed that we are going to start pulling sheaths, post PTCA's, on my floor. We get 5 pts during the day (up to 6), & normally 6 pts at night (up to 7 at times). None of us, except our Manager, feels this would be safe to do. The training that only a select few are being offered, is 4 hours in ARU.
I was told that my hospital tried this a while back, but stopped it because someone died. I guess it was so long ago that the powers that be have forgotten about it. I do not want to put my license on the line for this. Neither do my co-workers.
We spoke to some of our CCU nurses & they think this is insane. They told us that they don't even like pulling sheaths. We'll have to do this with at least 2 nurses because the pt. usually vagals out & has to receive Atropine immediately. I think this whole idea is insane!!
Any thoughts of what we can do to protect our jobs & our license in this upcoming situation???
Even some of the docs are against it, but most of them don't care either way. Nice, huh?? Do we have a right to refuse this? We don't even have to do the hemodynamic compentencies, but they want us to be responsible for this unstable patients. This just doesn't make sense.
PLEASE RESPOND. THANK YOU.