Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Cant you see I'm Charting
One of my biggest pet peeves is when more attention is paid to the chart than to the patient. Boy, today I got peeved. I was seeing a patient in one of the units when their asymtomatic tachycardia became very symptomatic with the sudden accumulation of a large amount of blood with froth in the chest tube. At first I thought it was something even more worse than it appeared but I managed to press down on the chest and twist off the chest tube hoping the bleeding would tamponade the lung. While all this is going on I am yelling for help. After four or five yells and trying to use my foot to hit the code alarm I finally heard the nurse yell, "can somebody get that, Im charting!" The RT popped in when the vent alarms went off and helped me. Finally the nurse showed up. After the patient was taken care of, I though about what had happened. If I hadnt been there, the chart would be perfect but the patient would have been dead.