Thursday, February 3, 2011

Wards Wards Hurray.

Sometimes when a sedative is wearing off a patient.. a patient might go bananas and throw poop at everyone. So that was my last day in the ICU. I enjoyed a few more trips to the MRI. I watched a PEG tube (for feeding) be inserted. I had to stand for a long time with a lead cape on.

Then I moved onto wards. The role is a bit different at this hospital than at my training hospital.  At the bigger hospital we follow people with high oxygen requirements and assess them daily. If there are any trach patients we do trach care on them. This doesn't sound very high energy but it definitely can be. For example one day I assisted in a two hour bronchoscopy. We did 10 + Wang Needle aspirations. In case you don't know what that is - you jab a needle into someone's lung and aspirate a sample. Later that day we decannulated a guy with literally no cough. So that didn't pan out all that great. It was a whole day project of chest physio, flutter valve, and finally ended with him being re-trached. He was pretty damn grumpy.

So tomorrow I start two days in the Emergency Department.

There is a possibility that I will be able to work at this hospital. And that is exciting.

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