The first start of vent weaning unit. Heavy patient care work load, but very satisfying to know we weaned so many and sent many home vent free.
The hardest part was call outs by fellow respiratory staff, be cause the work load was so heavy. There were days when two respiratory staff would have the vent unit, ER and medical floors to cover and delivery - more... neb treatments, arterial blood gases would need to be drawn and ran and results given to physician. Changing out of equipment per protocol and chart auditing and orders taken and written for physicians.
I became a team leader while working there ... - less
Prosweaning patients and interacting on a postive scale with the pulmonoligist.
Consshort staffed, temp staffing, and turn overs in staff.