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  1. Pulling Sheaths on a Cardiac Stepdown
    Good Post, pretty much sums up my thoughts. Having been pulling sheaths for just over 13yrs, I've seen quite a few go very easy, and I've seen quite a few go terribly wrong. If you're staffed 5-6...
    Jan 21, '09
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  2. What to expect after CABG
    Mom'o'3, You can expect your Dad to have all of those things you mention, vent, drain tubes, even probably a couple of epicardial pacing wires. But MOST of the time, the ET Tube and Vent will be...
    Dec 26, '08
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  3. A Good CCRN Prep?
    Med-Ed has a pretty good review course that they offer various places. I attended one for my PCCN, and my wife for CCRN, and we both like "Cammy" House-Francher a little better than Laura Gasparis. ...
    Dec 26, '08
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  4. Does your facility aspirate blood before removing a sheath?
    In all honesty, I think it's more likely "Dumb School." I can't imagine what a lot of people are thinking, then there are some I can't imagine are capable of thinking.
    Dec 26, '08
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  5. elevated troponin cause
    Most people don't really understand Troponin. Troponins can elevate anytime the heart is overstressed and may become mildly hypoxic or poorly perfused. Cocaine use can cause it d/t the extreme...
    Dec 19, '08
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  6. Does your facility aspirate blood before removing a sheath?
    Not really necessary but it's not going to hurt anything to do it. Having someone keep negative pressure with a syringe while another pulls sounds a bit ludicrous to me. I've pulled a BUNCH of them...
    Dec 19, '08
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  7. arterial & venous sheath
    Several good suggestions. I always had the NAVY thing as well, but I agree, they can be difficult to determine, especially if the physician sticks them right on top of each other. Most places I've...
    Jun 5, '08
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  8. What would you do for this patient?
    and you have your answer here, you just don't realize it!!!! angie, the first thing we should worry about in a patient with prolonged hypovolemia is damage to the kidneys. since this...
    Jun 5, '08
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  9. IV cannula size/ overtesting
    I've yet to have a patient that I couldn't sufficiently give whatever I wanted through a 20ga IV, not including trauma or acute hemorrhage type patient. Think about what bore most central line...
    Jun 5, '08
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  10. Lasix gtt
    I've checked at both q4 and q6, but always had the option to check more often if rhythm changes occurred.
    Jun 5, '08
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  11. asthma - cardiovascular effects
    Ditto this, except the LEFT sided effect. Often times with severe COPD, Pulm HTN, the Left side of the heart is without any major problems, but you may start seeing Rt BBB due to the enlargement of...
    Apr 14, '08
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  12. Question about unresponsive patient.
    Confirm "pulselessness" in two leads???? Me thinks you're a little confused.....:uhoh3:
    Apr 2, '08
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  13. ER nurses taking over Chest Pain Center Duties
    i believe with that much experience you should be fine. you should already know how to read ekg's, and know the s/s of an ami, keep in mind what the ultimate goal for each patient should be, and you...
    Mar 27, '08
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  14. New Grad on Cardiac/Stepdown Floor
    this is a very valid point.... i agree that it is nice to have set preceptor so you can get adjusted to things, but capture the opportunity to learn from a variety of staff, and once you've...
    Mar 27, '08
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  15. Atrial Bigeminy?
    Atrial Bigeminy is a pretty common arrhythmia in post-CABG or valve replacements, and can often times precipitate into Atrial fibrillation. I've also seen it in quite a few patients in PACU,...
    Mar 27, '08
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  16. Pccn?
    I took it, passed it, didn't think it was too bad. I have a couple study guides, but much of it was "old hat" stuff. I had 3 questions regarding the administration of IV Dilantin, something that...
    Mar 27, '08
    Forum: Cardiac Nursing
  17. Question about unresponsive patient.
    actually, in my practice, i've found that pac's seem to be more associated with hypoxia than pvc's. the pvc's may be a key clue, because if you've ever watched a monitor, you might notice that...
    Mar 27, '08
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  18. Ethical ? about AIDS....
    cutie, check out the bullets of the link siri gave you, there is a requirement for notifying partners... there is some more definitive answers on pg. 21-23 of the document. good info...
    Mar 23, '08
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  19. Sometimes you HATE being right....
    I was working last night (Friday) and a patient I'd taken care of a couple days earlier in the week seemed to be doing better when we came in, he was up to a chair, and getting trial feedings, etc. ...
    Mar 22, '08
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  20. Nurses Defibrillating???
    This is WHY older nurses need to keep up on CONTINUING EDUCATION!!! I worked with a nurse several years ago that remembers the first archaic defibs when they lit people on fire because they really...
    Mar 19, '08
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  21. Insulin during cardiac arrest?
    the key here is that it lasts longer. certainly in acute management, calcium is optimal, but how long will it last, and at what point does too much calcium become problematic. i was involved in a...
    Mar 19, '08
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  22. Insulin during cardiac arrest?
    the key here is that it lasts longer. certainly in acute management, calcium is optimal, but how long will it last, and at what point does too much calcium become problematic. i was involved in a...
    Mar 19, '08
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. Use of Narcan in cardiac arrest
    actually it depends on your goal..... in europe, it's common practice to treat an acute overdose on the scene with enough narcan to bring them back to "planet earth," then administer 2mg im and...
    Mar 19, '08
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  24. Cardio-respiratory arrest w/respiratory acidosis
    Excellent post, and I agree 100%. Poohbear, The only answer that accomplishes what you are trying to accomplish is INCREASING ventilation. Now if the acidosis remains, then there are a couple...
    Mar 19, '08
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  25. Key Retention Strategies for Community Hospitals
    this is and will be a problem until the end of time in most places, especially smaller hospitals. i'll go out on a limb and say that i believe (as i've been told by a few older, meaning 30+ yrs....
    Mar 19, '08
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac


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