Monday, January 28, 2008

All or nothing

I was reading various doc blogs tonight and was reminded of yet another thing I love about not being a nurse is the hospital anymore: the DNR with exceptions.

I had a patient once who's resuscitation status read:

If patient is in respiratory arrest, DNR. If patient is in cardiac arrest, chemical code only, no CPR, no intubation.

I do not understand why doctors won't explain exactly what DNR means. It is an all or nothing proposition.

Don't intubate-if the patient survives they will be severely brain damaged.

Chemical code only with no compressions-the drugs don't go to the heart where they can work.

Sorry, you are either a DNR or not. This is not the kind of treatment you can customize.

Think you want government run health care?

11-Year-Old Boy Partially Deaf for Nine Years Is Suddenly Cured

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Nursing Home Resident Found with Maggots in Eye Dies

In addition to the maggots, Anthony Digiannurio, of Deltona, Fla., was found with an infected breathing tube, a partially inserted catheter and bed sores when he was taken to Florida Hospital DeLand from the University Center West nursing home in November, according to the report.

It was not immediately clear if the death was associated to his care.

A representative from the nursing home said Digiannurio had "constant care from multiple hospice workers and two certified nursing aides at the nursing home."

A) Every staff person who signed that chart or had direct contact with that patient should be in jail

B) "It was not immediately clear if the death was associated to his care." Well, it certainly didn't help.

Monday, January 21, 2008

How stupid can you be?

Parents of a 5 year old boy befriended Jon Savarino Schillacia, a man in prison for sexually assaulting 2 eleven year old boys. When he was released from prison they invited him to live in THEIR HOUSE, because "he (was) a very eloquent person and he wrote very nice letters, talking about how he was studying in prison and how he (was) regretting the mistakes of his youth."

Bet you can't guess what happened......

How could anyone bring a convicted child molester into their house and put their child at risk?

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I attended my department's monthly staff meeting today. One of the issues we discussed was retention of staff. Last year the department had an unusual year and had 40% turnover rate.

So the head of our department got called to the Big Boss's office to explain.

She divided the people who left into categories. Most of the people who left were in the "Moved Away Because Spouse Got New Job" category.

To which she was told, "People don't leave jobs they love, they get divorces."

So, I thought this statement called for a poll:

Monday, January 14, 2008

Album Meme

Because all the cool kids are doing it.....

Thanks to pdb for putting it together for me.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Who ya gonna call?

Britney Spears was forcibly removed from her house last night and placed in restraints for her ambulance ride to Cedars-Sinai. She was placed on a 72 hour medical hold for a psych evaluation. Today she had her visitation rights and custody of her kids suspended.

Who can help her now, you ask?

Chuck Norris, of course!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

10,000 Visits

At 1:32 this morning my little blog got it's 10,000th visit. A drop in the bucket for some bloggers, but a pretty big deal to me. So thanks to all my loyal readers (both of you) for dropping by.