Archive for May, 2009

Change of Shift is up over at Code Blog


Bazooka Joe or Bubblicious

She was a RACE* call from the medicine floor earlier in the day.  In with CHF, how in cardiogenic shock.  The intubation was quick, and she was still half awake for fear that too much sedation would knock her already low pressure even lower.

Fast forward 9 hours.

Her NG feeding tube is blocked for some strange reason, no amount of fiddling with it will unblock it.  The doctors try to put a new one in, but it gets stuck just past the pharynx.

Grab the laryngoscope to take a look… grab the suction…

“Nurse… what is that on the end of my suction?”

I believe that it is bubble gum!


What have you found hidden in people when you least expected it?


*RACE =Rapid Assessment of Critical Events team which consists of ICU RN, ICU doctor, RT and travels to the floor to help deal with patient in crisis.  Has decreased number of Code Blues by leaps and bounds.

While taking care of my 75 year old patient today, I ended up being flashed by her older sister who had a double mastectomy 3 weeks ago….

And by flashed, I mean lifting up her shirt like a drunk chick at Mardi Gras.

My response…. Looks like you are healing well.

In my head I couldn’t help but wonder, isn’t it usually the other way around… showing off you boobs when they have been enlarged, not cut off?

One thing I never expected when I headed to ICU, thats for sure.

And my preceptor wondered why I was giggling….

It would seem that spring time is a dangerous time for young people.

Recently, we have had a spurt of patients in their early 20’s who have been the victims of traumatic injuries.  Car, motorcycle, and motocross accidents have left these young people paraplegic, quadraplegic and amputees.  Maybe because it is my first spring in ICU that I am noticing this, or maybe it is a trend.  We’ll see I guess.

One this is for sure, I know of at least 5 young adults whose lives are forever changes…