The exhaustion continues and the bags under everyone’s eyes just keep growing bigger and bigger everyday. We were up bright and early to be at the hospital to catch the night to day shift transition so we could start doing mock codes. That and no matter how much water we drink, we still feel dehydrated.
After a bad code yesterday, we were able to debrief with all the physicians. From this situation, we were able to see a lot of things that needed improvement including RT responsibility of the patient, nursing knowledge of suctioning with the in-line catheter and ETT management, and the need for emergency equipment at the bedside.
I got to do supply audits with a specialist in the NICU, OR, Level II Nursery, and the resuscitation room. In some of the carts there would be endotracheal tubes, but nothing to intubate with such as a laryngoscope or stylette. There were no emergency medications in two of the carts we checked.
The past few days we have been going out after work and we decided we needed an evening to relax. Amber has made us two delicious home-cooked meals and tonight was one of them. Then we settled down to watch Downton Abbey and prepared for tomorrow.
The interesting thing is that everyone we talk to say that they don’t want to come visit the U.S. because they have been told it is very dangerous. I find it interesting that we each seem to think the same thing of each others’ respective countries. We have had positive experiences with the people here so far. Everyone has been very friendly and have welcomed us with open arms.
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