What exactly does "manage the iabp" mean when the RT is managing it? Does that mean timing, charting, etc? Can someone explain.
If the patient with an iabp needs intervention who decides what needs to be done (fluid bolus, titrating trips, etc) the RN or the RT or is it a collaboration between the two? I mean does the RT manage the machine or manage the machine and the patient? I just can't imagine separating the two?
Pardon my ignorance, but if a patient has a balloon pump is a nurse who is not certified in iabp permitted to take care of that patient as long as there is an RT to manage the pump? How can a nurse properly manage a patient if s/he does not have a clearly demonstrated understanding of what the pump does and how it's manipulated?
I've learned so much over the years from RTs. But I've never heard of them managing iabp's.
RT's do all things respiratory where I am. That includes the vent. If we value our well-being, we don't touch it and neither do the docs. If a patient is desatting there's a button to give supplemental O2 (100%) that can be hit without changing any settings. I appreciate and count on them to manage the vent. While I comprehend every aspect of our ventilators....that's what RT's specialize in.
RT's are not the only ones who are passionately territorial.