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TulsaTime has 11 years experience and specializes in Critical Care, ER.

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  1. Yes I am. I work at Hillcrest on the night shift. I also joined the FB group
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    Should the "Doctor" title really be an issue?

    I just have to point out that as a male, it doesn't matter what degree you have. You walk into many patients rooms and you are a doctor despite how many times you correct the patient that you are a NURSE. I can only imagine it will be worse when I finish my NP.
  3. I am also staring the dual role program in January at USA. I'm also very nervous as I'm trying the full time option and still working full time. I just sent a request to join the FB page. I think that was a great idea!!!!
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    Rapid Response

    I work on a dedicated rapid response team. As we have grown we continue to try to find other facilities with a dedicated team to benchmark against for activities or ideas to increase the value of our RRT. We do not have patients and we work closely with the house supervisors. We currently round throughout the hospital and attempt to identify high risk patients, answer questions, assist with mock codes and education, assist with stroke alerts, In house STEMI alerts, follow up on patients transferred out of the ICU, and follow up on falls. I was hoping there might be others out there on a similar team to compare and also was wondering if any of you would be interested in sharing statistics (how many patients remain on the floor or are transferred to another level of care, what is the final disposition i.e. home, nursing home)? We have a new director and she wants to know how we compare to other programs but it's very difficult to find information to compare to.
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    Have you ever infused phenylephrine peripherally?

    The reason to use a central line for phenylephrine and many other drugs is related to the pH of the infusion. Yes, we have many biologically similar agents already running around in us but they are not in a solution that is acidic and can damage the tissues. Phenylephrine, for example, has a pH of 3.5-6 in solution. That's very acidic and will cause significant tissue damage if it extravasates. That being said, I have often run these agents in a pinch through a PIV until central access can be established. As someone else mentioned--dead patient or live patient with a chance of extravasation? I'll take the live patient every time.
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    When to call in sick to the SICU

    I agree completely. If you're sick stay home! And if you have staffing issues (I work Rapid Response so there is only one of us) call early if you are even thinking you might not be there! We try to even call the day before sometimes so we can find coverage. Nobody wants to do our job!!
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    Computer charting- How often do you document vital signs

    when i worked in a system with computer charting & no interface we still did our frequent vitals on paper charting because of the huge amount of time it took to put it all in the computer. we entered hourly into the computer but all our 15 minute vitals were on paper
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    Cooling/Induced Hypothermia S/P Arrest

    It is correct the patient needs to be comatose and hemodynamically stable with or without pressors. There are a number of other factors (overdose, coagulopathy) that may make a patient unsuitable for the protocol. It should be initiated within 6 hours of return of spontaneous circulation although we occassionally stretch this out a bit on the premise that it won't do any harm. The cooling is often started prehospital by EMS if they are bringing in a postcode patient with chilled saline. We will start chilled saline or use gastric lavage (did lavage for the first time this weekend & it worked great!) and ice packs. We use the gaymar with the hypothermia wraps--2 full leg wraps & 1 chest wrap. These go completely around the patient & circulate chilled water continuously (basically a cooling blanket turned into a wrap). The patient is chilled to 32-34 C for 24 hours & then slowly rewarmed over 24 hours. They are kept sedated this entire time. It is important that you understand the purpose is to help preserve neurologic function IF the patient survives. Most post arrest patients do not survive to discharge, but the research shows if they do they have better neurological outcomes with the hypothermia protocol. In our hospital my team (Rapid Response) initiates and resources for all of the ICU's on this so I'm pretty well versed in it. We did 4 in the last week. Let me know if you have any other questions!
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    FFP with diprivan?

    Another option if you are having that much trouble & need it emergently is I/O access. Our ER keeps an IO kit available and the ER docs will come up & help us out if needed. I've only had to do this once but it's soooooo good to know it's available when you need it!
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    DNR Status

    This is an issue that comes up frequently in our hospital as well. I am attaching a link to an excellent article about DNR status. DNR does not and should not be inferred to a refusal of care of treatment!!! Every major group of care providers, including the ANA, have issued statements to this effect regarding DNR orders. The American Nurses Association’s position statement on DNR states: “There should be no implied or actual withdrawal of other types of care for patients with DNR orders.” http://www.annalsoflongtermcare.com/article/3421
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    Deciding to call MD

    If you're a member of AACN go to their site & search for effective communication. There is an excellent webcast there from nti 2008 that gives some ideas & tools to help make that phone call to the doctor a little less stressful. I thought it was interesting that they noted the number 1 anxiety producing event for new nurses was having to call the doctor!
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    IVPB 5-6hrs of ABX when pt is on cont IVFs

    Another option if your pumps will do it is to run your IVPB concurrent. We have the plum pumps & we can run 2 lines (the primary & piggyback) concurrently so you don't have to add another fluid, more pumps, etc to the mix.
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    Deciding to call MD

    You did the right thing. I know that calling a doctor in the middle of the night can be daunting. But think of it this way--if you didn't call & your patient coded because you left them sit & didn't call for orders--who do you think is going to be out of a job & potentially out of a license? Not the doctor--you never notified him. And that's not to mention how bad you'd feel about not doing the right thing for your patient. You are an advocate for that person who has put their very life in your hands. Think about that next time you are worried about waking a doctor up!
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    Rapid Response Competency & Testing?

    I agree with you 100%. I have an ICU and ER background having done both areas. I've been in the RRT role for just over a year now and LOVE it. We just can't figure out how to "measure" that part of the job prior to someone being hired in.
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    Rapid Response Competency & Testing?

    Our rapid response team in our hospital consists of a dedicated RRT nurse who does not take patients & a respiratory therapist. Our team has really grown in breadth of resource calls we get over the last year & we have been discussing how best to assess for new team members qualifications/skills for full time & relief staff (we have 1 RRT nurse in house at all times). I'm interested in finding out what other hospitals have done for requirements to do RRT, competency testing, and evaluation? We currently use the ICU competencies but don't feel they accurately reflect the skills required to do RRT. Example: You can handle your patient circling the drain in ICU where it's controlled but can you do the same on the floor where everyone is looking to you for direction?
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    ABG vs. BGE

    I was wondering if it was Bedside Gas & Electrolytes like on an Istat? We can get results at the bedside in 2 minutes.