Thursday, May 7, 2015

Happy Nurses' Week

I started last night with a wrestling match. EMS brought in a patient who was agitated, and aggressive, and started attacking staff. It took five people just to hold him still long enough to sedate him. He yelled insults and accusations the whole time, and I've got a nice bruise on my thigh where his boot caught me.

But who cares about that?

EMS also brought in a totally unresponsive patient in cardiac arrest. We did CPR, and intubated him, and pushed medications, and gave a series of escalating electrical shocks, and we got him back. By the time we sent him to ICU he had a strong pulse, his skin had changed from dusky blue-gray back to its normal pink, and he was even starting to wake up and look around.

Any day when a patient comes in dead and leaves alive is a good day.

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