Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler, Part One

You know things are getting out of control, when

1. your formed*, bipolar, off-his-meds overdose patient in Bed 1 takes a powder and goes running out the ambulance entrance door naked while screaming, “I’m going to kill her!”

while

2. your little old lady in Bed two suddenly becomes pale, diaphoretic and her heart rhythm looks like this**

and

3. your other little old lady in Bed 5, new-onset atrial fibrillation, demented, C. diff positive, crawls out of the end of the bed and starts wandering the halls leaving a little trail of liquid stool behind her.

___________

* I.e. under a Form 1, meaning (in Ontario) being held involuntarily for psychiatric assessment.

** Third degree AV block. A Very Bad Thing.

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  1. #1 by Kalanna on Saturday 01 May 2010 - 0901

    you get a gold star from this little Cajun girl for imaginative use of one of our most stereotyped phrases :)

  2. #2 by Wanderer on Saturday 01 May 2010 - 0938

    That sounds like just about every other night on my floor!

  3. #3 by JennJilks on Saturday 01 May 2010 - 1753

    It is very valuable when you write about what goes on in your world. Your people are amazing and I am so glad we live in Ontario and our health is in your hands!

  4. #4 by Zoe on Saturday 01 May 2010 - 1757

    and

    4. Your MRSA/VRE positive, CIWA patient has a seizure

  5. #5 by nurseXY on Sunday 02 May 2010 - 0012

    Sweet, I’m catching on to this ECG stuff. I took one look and went, “Wow, that’s textbook 3rd degree block.”

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