A question I often get asked is, what advice do you have for new nursing grads or nurses switching to the ER? While there are about a hundred plus things I could think of, I figured I would try to limit it to the most pertinent things I learned when I went into the ER straight out of nursing school.
Wound vacs are some pretty incredible devices! They have the ability to cut healing time in half (if not more) for most people! I had the opportunity to learn all about wound vacs the other day and work on placement and trouble shooting. New post on the blog talking all about this and why wound vacs work, link in bio!
Moderate or conscious sedation is a common procedure used in the emergency room to reduce dislocations or fractures in patients. I have seen this procedure frequently on dislocated hip prostheses (like the image above) and shoulders after the patient has experienced some kind of trauma or fall. This procedure allows patients to tolerate typically unpleasant procedures.
Anticholinergic: low potency antipsychotics, oxybutinin, ipratropium Cholinergic: ACh antagonists (atropine, scopolamine), AChEIs (organophosphates) Opioid: Morphine, heroin, hydromorphone, etc Sympathomimetic: epinephrine, cocaine, amphetamine (Aderol), methylphenidate (Ritalin) Sedative-Hypnotic: Benzodiazepines, barbituates, “Z-drugs” (zopiclone, zolpidem), antihistamines