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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Nursing Tales....

Warning...this is probably a boring post for most, but i find it fascinating, so i thought i would share. i figured at least abby would like it in preparation for her future nursing classes :)

So I guess i better be true to this blog and include some nursing stories. Remember a couple of months ago when i had the patient who had the ventricular assist device, well we have another patient on the unit who has a biventricular assist device. pretty much an artificial heart, the machine does the pumping for the heart, which the heart cannot do because it is so weak. this patient has this machine until a new heart becomes available. i'll tell you what, even though i was trained, i was still pretty nervous about this machine. it is scary to think that someone is being kept alive by this machine. any little mistake could cause "the heart" to stop beating. just a little scary. here is a fancy picture to show what happens. the machine vacuums blood out of the left ventricle and right atrium pulls in into the circle container, which then compresses the blood through another cannula to the aorta and pulmonary aotra. it is pretty crazy. the circle containers are attached to the huge machine, that looks like it is from the 80's. oh the wonders of technology and medicine....this can keep people alive for a long time.





instead of just one my patient has two. crazy huh.

here is a lesson in nursing...

5 comments:

The Lewis and Ruby Blog World said...

Cool Tiff...I definitely find it interesting!

mellens said...

that's very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

Nicole Ann said...

beej you're so smart! thanks for sharing! i cant wait to be able to share cool stories besides changing babies diapers

The Bains said...

Great post...

What challenging health problems your patients have. I'm sure you just brighten their day!

Beka said...

Tiff- I met some of your co workers when I was up there on Friday. Too bad Zach (the traveling nurse) has a girlfriend. I was going to tell you to go for him!

How was the birthday party? Sorry we missed it - I saw Saturday night that I had a missed call from you-Sorry!