Friday, June 11, 2010

Not a great day.

I'm beat after a particularly long shift, and the 45 minute walk home afterward.

The hospital is not a huge hospital and not in a huge center, so the amount of traumas does not really compare to some of the hospitals that my classmates are at. Today we received an 11 month old who was under water in the bathtub for at least 10 minutes. Apparently he was left under the supervision of a 2 year old sibling.

I bagged him for more than an hour. We finally got him on a vent and the docs and nurses stabilized him. The air ambulance picked him up and whisked him away to a bigger center. The prognosis is not good. I think the most frustrating part was parents praying at the bedside. I wanted to scream at them - "Do you know what is better than praying? SUPERVISION." UGH.

After that I got in trouble for saying I didn't want to do an ABG - that ended up being an overly difficult one anyway. So I wouldn't have been able to do it anyhow. Then I did an ECG on a baby (0 days old), which was interesting because baby's traditionally do not hold very still. This one wasn't too bad.

Another ECG involved a patient who didn't seem to respond to me until I started to pull the stickers off. Then I had to use to call bell to get the nurse to help me. He called another nurse and I quietly slipped out the door.

I miss school.

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