Fainting in Surgery Clinical... - page 2

2nd semester, OB rotation. I was watching a C-section (first actual surgery experience) not five minutes into the procedure I start sweating horribly, shaking, feeling like that surgery mask was... Read More

  1. by   sunny61385
    The same exact thing happened to me while in clinical. I think that it's the mask and all of the above! I will be going through OB rotations this semester and am scared to death about witnessing a C-section. I thought that I was the only one who felt this way, but reading the posts has given me a bit more reassurance that I will eventually make it
  2. by   TalonLXX
    I had my first OR observation today. a c-section of twins. I was doing great, totally into what the Dr. and nurses were doing. I was fine though the birth and the suturing of the uterus but as the Dr. put everything back in i felt hot, sweaty, pins and needle and a need to use the restroom RIGHT THEN, I never felt ill but I felt faint and a need to go. After I did so I cooled back down and felt fine, srcubbed back in and returned to the OR with no further issues.
    I did everything my professor told us, ate breakfast, had a cup of coffee and OJ about 2 hours prior to clinical, might not have had enough sleep but other then that I thought I was doing everything right to avoid fainting or passing out. I have another OR day for med-surg in a month, what can I do to prevent this from happening again? Any suggestions would help.
  3. by   dodgegirl713
    I had that feeling in OB during a C-section and also the first cardiac cath I saw in Med/Surg. All I did was take a few steps back near a wall and calmly took a few really deep breaths and I was ok again. I did look away while I was taking the deep breaths. Also what really helps is making sure you eat something before going to see a surgery. I think it is normal and everyone has that feeling/experience at least once. Just move on with it.
  4. by   Bortaz, RN
    I agree with everyone who blames the masks. The masks always made me feel like I was about to suffocate. Hated 'em.

    And the smell of the cautery...
  5. by   ErinJane
    I almost passed out during a C/S. No worries. Sometimes you just have an off day. I ended up sitting in the waiting room for 2 hours sipping water until my teacher came and made me eat some cereal. It doesn't mean you arent capable or that you won't make an awesome nurse.