I would like input as to what others are doing with ICU holds in the ED.
The ED I work in is holding patients nearly everyday. I can handle the M/S folks but the ICU holds leave me nervous. I do not have ICU experience and am not familiar with the paperwork. When we are holding, we are assigned a hold room and 4 other ER rooms to equal 5 rooms per nurse. At that level I can not provide the same standard of care that they do in the ICU where the nurse to patient ratio is 2:1. I have discussed this with my manager but am told that if I can work ER I can handle an ICU hold. What to do?
Thanks for your feedback!