Monday, July 21, 2008

On Dealing With Nurses...

I know that the Emergency Room nurses work really hard and I am sure they put up with their share of know-it-all jerks like me. I appreciate their hard work- they keep America's ERs running. Their job is sometimes over whelming- charting all the medical interventions performed by the ER medics, phlebotomists, cardiac and respiratory techs.

But after all that, any Paramedic will tell you- Emergency Room nurses say the dumbest things-

... after being handed a 1000cc bag of NSS, that was attached to a macro drip set, attached in turn to a 16 gauge firmly stuck our unresponsive patients left arm "There's no IV, there's no IV, I can't believe you brought this in here without an IV..."
Pedro the Paramedics reply: "Are you okay? You're not serious right?"

... after being handed, per our protocol, a print out of our respiratory distress patients capnography waveform... "Oh my God!!! She's in V-tach!!!"
Pedro the Paramedics reply: "Are you okay? You're not serious right?"

... after being handed, again per our protocol, a copy of our chest pain patients 12 lead EKG: " What's this? Did you, I mean umm, uhh, You mean you brought in a chest pain and didn't monitor them?"
Pedro the Paramedics reply: "Are you okay? You're not serious right? You know we do those things right in the back of the ambulance, with the cardiac monitor. We don't have to call up to the fifth floor to get a 12 lead done"

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