I'll go first, an anecdote a 'friend' told me, to stay awake on the drive home, roll your window up on your hair so if you doze off mid-drive you get a quick hair pull......YOUR TURN!
Posted by Beadie at 9:08 PM
Thought this was neat, it generated a lot of social media interest. A doctor at the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, spent a full shift as a nurse.
Posted by Beadie at 8:04 PM
DONUTS FOR BREAKFAST?!
I work nights in an emergency department. Some nights people are sick and sometimes people are not. Last night everyone was sick as s***! I've saved the crap out of everyone last night. This picture is of the IV pumps it took to keep 1 lady's heart beating long enough to figure out what the hell was wrong with her and to get her up to the ICU.I floated a pacemaker into someone's heart through their internal jugular vein.I put a chest tube in someone who had a lung that was leaking air from fractured ribs.I stabilized a 40 year old guy who had a severe stroke long enough so that he could go to neurosurgery and have the clot pulled from his brain.I sent someone having a heart attack to the cath lab flawlessly.I put a breathing tube into an asthmatic that just couldn't keep up anymore.Using medicine I converted a lady out of an irregular heart rhythm which she could not have sustained very long ad saved her from having to be shocked by a defibrillator. And now, since it's Saturday, I'm going to have donuts for breakfast.
Posted by Beadie at 9:24 PM
How many of you care for patients in the ER who shouldn't really be there? At worst we're talking about psychiatric patients who sit in the ER and pose a physical threat to nurses. At best it is a drain on resources and impacts overall healthcare for those who really need it. Appropriate protocols and policies to streamline healthcare provision and ensure the right care is given to the needs of the patient are paramount elements to efficiency. When someone doesn't need to be an ER, or someone we should be transferred to another unit that can better provide for their needs isn't, everybody suffers. The issue can also lead to poor delivery of healthcare to patients who are in the wrong ward. And also as an added stress to the nurses who need to pay attention to patients maybe outside of their particular expertise. Have you encountered this is drain in your workplace?
Posted by Beadie at 9:32 AM