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Old 10-30-2010, 10:15 AM
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Default Nurse Shuts off Vent!! On Video!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/he...t-machine.html

I got this from Dria on FB!!

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More than sad I feel many errors on many different levels..
Who would send a nurse out to care for some one on a ventilator without the proper training and which nurse in her right mind would agree to it.
I feel there is more to this story than meets the eyes!!
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Such a sad story for everyone. I will be sending it out as a cautionary tale. I got some flack a few months from some nurse friends who are equally as inexperienced as me for not accepting a pediatric home health job. The case involved a vent pt. I have no vent training at all. The company wasn't offering to train me, they actually told me to look it up online as if that would have prepared me for someone bucking or extubating. I wasn't willing to chance a tragedy happening. So many said any nursing job is better than no job. They are WRONG. It is better to clean houses, wait tables, dig ditches, anything other then taking a nursing job where there is no adequate training. I wonder if this nurse took the gig out of financial desperation.
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I took a home care vent pt my first year out of school, but only because I was told the mom would take care of the vent, I would do everything else. If I'd been responsible for the vent too I would have refused without training.
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Yup, I saw that when it hit the UK papers.

One thing I live by is, if you don't know what the button controls, don't push it. And then not to admit you did it???
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I wonder how long that woman had been in nursing, and why her agency had sent her to a job for which she was not properly prepared. I have had very little vent experience, and I would have flat-out refused to take the position, financial difficulties not withstanding. There are other jobs; even if they are difficult to find, I can live more easily with the memory of eating one small meal a day for 6 weeks or so, as opposed to the memory of having caused someone such tragedy because I was unfamiliar with techniques and equipment.
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The more I read this story the more disturbed I am by it.
Sad thing is that this young man's life has been drastically changed.
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I finally got around to watching this.

You know, I have to say that even if I accidentally shut off a ventilator, even if I knew absolutely nothing else, I would know enough to get the ambu bag out and start bagging the patient right away. I am sure the patient was there as well trying to mouth to the nurse what to do.

One of my first jobs in health care was caring for home-bound ventilator patients. This was prior to me having a nursing license, even (I was a PCA.) I was usually the only one with the patient. I had a couple situations that could have gone bad quickly (mucus plugging, etc.) and I had to resolve them myself on my own, with very little training. I managed.

Please God, let her be the only person out there that stupid.
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I got some flack a few months from some nurse friends who are equally as inexperienced as me for not accepting a pediatric home health job. The case involved a vent pt. I have no vent training at all. The company wasn't offering to train me, they actually told me to look it up online as if that would have prepared me for someone bucking or extubating.

Oh my goodness. I am so thankful my company not only trains but also sends someone along the first time you do anything new to you.
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Wow.

For anyone curious.... once a patient makes it all the way home and is on a home-type ventilator, rest assured 99% of the time, there is NO REASON to adjust ANYTHING on it.... maybe if you're trained you can temporarily up the O2 pre-suctioning, but just as easy to touch nothing, pop the circuit and bag with 100% to preoxygenate.
That just boggles the brain.
Do NOT understand why anyone would "fiddle" with a home vent.

Also, can one of our Aussie nurses tell me how a nurse can get a home-care job without proof of certificate or post-grad?
I'm under the impression most of your nurses are interned into their "specialties".
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