I start my ER elective clinical tomorrow...and I must say that I'm a little bit apprehensive. I've been out of the nursing mind for about 2 months now. Has anyone done an ER clinical with any advice on how it goes? It sounds like we just observe the major traumas, CPR's, ect., and provide patient care to the other people. I'm probably just being a total freak like I always am. Any more Dallas people out there??
Jul 8, '01
Just make sure you locate the "little thingy" (xyphoid process) Plant your palm two fingers above that lock your fingers and elbows and listen for two important instructions from the code leader.
STOP CPR: DOES NOT MEAN TO REMOVE YOUR PERFECTLY PLACED PALM. It does mean to stop moving so they can read a rythm.
MOST DEFINITELY MEANS TO REMOVE YOUR PERFECLY PLACED PALM and anything else that is touching anything the patient is touching.
You are going to crack ribs ocaisionaly.
It is not your fault that the patient died. If your compressions were THAT BAD someone would have relieved you.
Once you've done it once, or had someone compliment "good technique"
you'll just be knocking everyones ass out of the way cause you can't wait to get to that chest when the code sounds!
Last edit by Peeps Mcarthur on Jul 8, '01