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ER Wishlist Items!

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HappyKYRN HappyKYRN (New) New

Our director in my ER has sent out an email asking us if we could choose any one item, regardless of cost for our ER, what would it be? She mentioned vein lights as a example.

I honestly dont know what to ask for. I'm drawing a blank.

Is is there some really handy item you're grateful to have in your ER? Tell me about it! Any suggestions appreciated!

lucymalfoy

Specializes in Orthopedics, Med-Surg. Has 2 years experience.

Do you need a bladder scanner?

TransportJockey, EMT-P

Specializes in Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, C-NPT, FP-C. Has 10 years experience.

iStat

NurseOnAMotorcycle, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Emergency, CEN. Has 10 years experience.

Wow. That is cool and difficult. I would say CNAs.

You know, someone specifically to help get people to the bathroom and help with getting blankets, drinks, etc. VS for nonacute patients.

CowboyMedic, BSN, RN

Specializes in SRNA, Med-Surg-Neuro ICU, SDICU. Has 6 years experience.

iStat

iStat is great. We have G3, G7, Chem 8, and PT/INR in our ER.

TransportJockey, EMT-P

Specializes in Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, C-NPT, FP-C. Has 10 years experience.

iStat is great. We have G3, G7, Chem 8, and PT/INR in our ER.

I love them. We carried Troponin, CG4 and Chem8+ cartridges at my last job on our ambulances.

ativan mist to disperse in the waiting room!!

a vein finder for starting IVs!

I'm not crazy about those. Just never seem to help. They show surface veins, but never had good luck actually cannulating the veins.

We have a few techs and nurses that are really good at using the ultrasound to find the basilic vein in the upper arm (distal to where a PICC would be placed).

Hovermats are nice, we are starting a program to have them on every bed under the sheet in major rooms, and have them available in all rooms. I use them in ICU all the time and makes moving patients much easier.

One thing I wish our ER had that the ICU has is the ability to pull data from the monitors directly into the chart (well, the ability is there, they just won't pay for the software upgrade to do it).

So nice when you have q5 vitals to just double click on the vitals tab and they pull over.

Only time I have used the iStat is in ICU for cardiac cath patients that we need the ACT for before pulling the sheath. We don't do it very often so it always takes a while to get it figured out.

CowboyMedic, BSN, RN

Specializes in SRNA, Med-Surg-Neuro ICU, SDICU. Has 6 years experience.

I'm not crazy about those. Just never seem to help. They show surface veins, but never had good luck actually cannulating the veins.

We have a few techs and nurses that are really good at using the ultrasound to find the basilic vein in the upper arm (distal to where a PICC would be placed).

Hovermats are nice, we are starting a program to have them on every bed under the sheet in major rooms, and have them available in all rooms. I use them in ICU all the time and makes moving patients much easier.

One thing I wish our ER had that the ICU has is the ability to pull data from the monitors directly into the chart (well, the ability is there, they just won't pay for the software upgrade to do it).

So nice when you have q5 vitals to just double click on the vitals tab and they pull over.

Only time I have used the iStat is in ICU for cardiac cath patients that we need the ACT for before pulling the sheath. We don't do it very often so it always takes a while to get it figured out.

We just starting using a new charting system that will finally pull the vitals from our monitors.

JustaGypsy

Specializes in ER, SANE, Home Health, Forensic.

An airbed patient mover, works like a dream on patients that would normally take 5-6 people to move.

EZ Way - EZ Matt Air Assisted Patient Transfer System

That specific piece of equipment is amazing. we also have two sheets made of parachute-like material that assist in the same way. Both products are amazing.

widi96

Specializes in Emergency Dept. Has 10 years experience.

Our iStats are wonderful - we have 6 and need more. Use them all the time. We recently also got a machine similar to the iStat that will do POC INR.

psu_213, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency, Telemetry, Transplant. Has 6 years experience.

ativan mist to disperse in the waiting room!!

Heck with the waiting room…how about the nurses station?? ;)

psu_213, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency, Telemetry, Transplant. Has 6 years experience.

One thing I wish our ER had that the ICU has is the ability to pull data from the monitors directly into the chart (well, the ability is there, they just won't pay for the software upgrade to do it).

So nice when you have q5 vitals to just double click on the vitals tab and they pull over.

We had monitors that would do this. Then we did some construction work…the system was taken out, but "in a few weeks," after the construction is done, that would come back on line. That was a few years ago….still not back online. :grumpy: It was very helpful with a critically ill patient where you are getting frequent VS.

We are a small hospital and we send out all bloodwork to a neighbouring lab so we have POC for INR, CBC, Cr, lytes, ABGs, lactate, urine. It's great and quick.