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    No AED in infusion clinic

    I am a registered nurse and have been for 5 years. I am actually in the process of getting a Masters in Web Application Development and am just in a holding pattern until I can get an internship in that field (about a year from now). I have been working at an IV vitamin infusion clinic and wellness center since June just so I can contribute to our bills. At this clinic we provide hormone therapy, IV vitamin infusions, IV ozone therapy, and the Clinical Director (who is a chiropractor) runs it. We have an MD who is our medical director, but he is only around on Saturdays if at all. I found out yesterday that we do not have an AED on site and no one knows which nearby business does. We see cancer patients who are undergoing chemo elsewhere, but we obviously have patients on testosterone as well. I have had 2 instances in which I gave patients (with a standing order) an injection that is supposed to be calming in a more natural way. They both immediately turned white and gasped and almost lost consciousness. I am ACLS certified and would know how to respond to an emergency situation, but I feel like I have little to no resources for just such an emergency. I was told by my office manager that we don’t have an AED because what we give isn’t “dangerous”. I’ve been trying to look into the various laws etc. for places like this, but I’m not coming up with anything. All I know is that I feel uncomfortable and I’m just trying to get through this last year of nursing without any major occurrences. Does anyone have any insight on this? I’m so shaken by all of this that I’m dreading even stepping foot into the clinic again.