Do you do cardioversions on your step down units? If so what types of patients do you care for and what is you nurseatient ratio? Does it change with cardioversions? Does Anesthesia come and do you give consicous sedation?
We do cardiversions on our PCU floor. Does not change the pt nurse ratio. The nurse, doctor and respiratory are the only ones in the room. In the past we gave the medications and sometimes push the buttons to cardiovert. If the pt did not convert, we started them on Cardizm drips and monitor. Rarely to they go the the ICU. Thankfully, we now have a cardiac nurse you does the procedure with the doctor, but we still have to take care of the pt after the conversion ,along with 3-4 other cardiac pts.
Jun 3, '03
our elective cardioversions go to PACU for anesthesia (close to where they are all day) & given Con. Sed. then recovered before sent to CCU or tele floor. But emergency, of course, can be done where ever! That really gets us hoppin!
Jul 24, '03
Cardioversions are done in our PACU with the cardiologist, respiratory therapist, and nurse certified in concious sedation. Pt is one to one until recovered and then sent to our cardiology unit.