You have an ill patient who has to go to OR or Radiology in a hurry. They have pumps, monitors, and cords plugged in all over the place.
It takes you 5 minutes or more and a hurt back to unplug and arrange the cords. Then half-way there, the cords fall off the bed, and you have to start all over before you reach your destination.
Does any of this sound familiar? As a Critical Care nurse, transporting patients becomes part of our job (sometimes more than we’d like to report). Transporting them for an array and battery of tests. Everything from CT, MRI, X-ray series, OR, etc. We run the gamut. Transporting our patients is no small task. Take into consideration the multitude of machinery we have to roll along with the patient.
At any given time we could be lugging along 1, 2 or 3 IV poles (which contain numerous critical medicine drips), a cardiac monitor (with or without defibrillator capacity), oxygen (is the patient intubated), if intubated we have an RT with us, 1, 2 or 3 suction canisters for the NG, OG, drains or chest tubes, chest tube pleuro-vac, central and arterial monitoring devices, how about an EVD pole and/or drain, maybe a bolt in their cranium, etc. This list is endless.
As you can see all those devices require electric power, ergo a power cord. Guess where all those darn power cords have to go? Yes, to and from your destination, as well as during your procedure? Yep, with you.
Where do you put them?
Tuck them here, or there. Hide them in between the bed mattress and frame, or loop them all around one of the many IV poles? Your guess is a good as mine.
Well it seems Dr. Dean Burke may know someone who has a better answer?
Well it seems that this fellow warrior (yes, she’s a nurse) has the answer to our woes and needs a lil’ help getting funding while she waits for her patent.
Dr. Dean Burke posted a blog post about her plight, as well as listed a short survey involving her ideas. Take the survey and you could placed in a drawing for a $75 gift card.
Not too bad if you ask me.
Ya think you can lend her a hand? Pass on the word.
Check out Dr. Dean’s blog: