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by kendrafaith28 kendrafaith28 (New) New Student

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I'm currently transferring from a pharm tech to a PCT in ICU. We have 20 ICU beds at our 200 bed hospital. What should I expect? Any advice?

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Expect to see a lot of equipment that you are unfamiliar with!  In the ICU we work with a lot more machines than they do out on the floors even. Not just telemetry monitors, but vents, bipap, patient temperature regulators, art lines, cvp’s, roto-beds, balloon pumps, ecmo, etc etc etc. Basically, get used to the fact that there’s a huge learning curve just being in the ICU. Stay organized and stay familiar with your surroundings. You never know when you’re going to be asked to grab something quickly in an emergency situation, so familiarize yourself with the stock supplies and where everything is. Communicate with your nurses to find out what times work for them to help with bed baths, turns, cards, etc. Between rounds, meds, dressing changes, assessments, tests, procedures, etc etc etc that the nurses have to either do for the patient or get the patient ready for, they’ll probably thank you for being ready to go with their flow for patient care. Be a team player. Teamwork in the ICU is of utmost importance, it’s almost impossible to get anything done without it. 

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Hey Kendra!

I am a tech who transferred from a telemetry unit to the ICU within the last 6 months!

Hannah gave very good advice! You will see so many machines and do not be afraid to ask questions and LEARN! 

Always ask for help!

If you are uncomfortable or experiencing something new, VOICE IT! My first time proning a patient i made sure the team knew i was new to this and needed explaining and guidance. Everyone made sure to explain to me exactly what we were doing.

Always be aware of any tubes and lines! In the ICU patients can get super cluttered with lines running all over the place so make sure when turning you try to stay aware of everything!

 

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