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    RNs running ECMO on adult patients

    I had my first patient on ECMO this past week. A very intense experience but one that was made much easier because a perfusionist was at the bedside 24/7. I knew next to nothing about ECMO, other than what is was being used for. I had a "crash course" for 10 minutes from our unit educator before taking over this very sick patient 45 minutes out of OR. I had a "helper" nurse who also was invaluable to run labs, help with IV's, and checking/hanging blood. Now it seems I'm a seasoned veteran after two shifts of caring for this patient. I have been "asked" to attend a seminar so that I can run the ECMO myself. At first, I was a bit flattered then really got to thinking about it. Do I really want this responsibility? Do I really want to be on call 24/7 in case an ECMO case rolls through the door? Do I really want to save my department $$$ by doing this and getting no compensation for it myself? I'm thinking NO! I have heard that it is commonplace for RN's to run ECMO on adult patients. I just don't believe it. I think that is a perfusionist pervue and don't want the job, thank you very much. What say you? PBear
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    Highest Troponin Levels You've Seen?

    My instituion stops counting at 100.
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