If This Art Line Comes Out

by Mister Schnell We admitted this patient at three in the morning. She was an emergent open Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm repair; in hospital jargon “a triple A”. The procedure went fine. In and out of the operating room in record time. The decision was made to extubate then ship to the ICU. They slice andContinue reading “If This Art Line Comes Out”

What Nurses Deal With At Work

by Robert Schnell Nurses deal with body secretions, increasing violence, dysfunctional families and disease everyday at work. Many times they go home exhausted, bruised, and fatigued only to discover urine, vomit, blood and stool on their shoes, shirts, pants and even in their hair. Patients (and even coworkers) are becoming more unpredictable and violent. IContinue reading “What Nurses Deal With At Work”

The Train Wreck ICU Admission

A Little Background: 85 year old white male with a history of metastatic cancer to the bowel, liver, and lungs, primary site unknown, 65 pack year history of tobacco abuse, still smokes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), type II diabetes, severe peripheral vascular disease, active ETOH abuse, quart of gin a day, pedophilia, PTSD, benignContinue reading “The Train Wreck ICU Admission”

Adventures In Nursing: The Only ICU Bed

by Robert Schnell You are an RN in a very busy ICU, only half way through a long, arduous, twelve hour shift. The Emergency Department is full and they have a new “customer” coming to you, but, at present, you don’t have a bed available. The only potential bed, Bed #4, is currently occupied byContinue reading “Adventures In Nursing: The Only ICU Bed”

A Nurse Is A Nurse Is A Nurse…

Have you ever wondered what ICU nurses do? If you are curious continue scrolling down. If not, stop now. Should you wish to continue and view this post the illustrations are graphic and may offend some but this is what nurses contend with on a daily basis in the ICU.