I’m Now A Pro At IVs, Foleys, & NG Tubes….
assuming my patients meet a few criterion:
- Patient is made of plastic.
- Patient consists of only the body part I need.
- Patient is unable to move.
- Patient is not breathing.
Today we had a workshop, hosted by the Emergency Medicine club, to learn how to place IVs, insert Foley catheters and introduce NG tubes.* Several of the nurses from our ER volunteered to meet us down at the brand-spanking new (very expensive!) SimLife Center and teach us these skills. We would be nothing without nurses who were willing to help us, it’s amazing how little clinically-relevant/procedural skills we learn in the first two years of medical school.
|Ashley – Inserting IV into Severed Arm Man|
|Me – Inserting Foley Catheter into Truncal Woman|
|Eva and MS1 I Don’t Know –
Learning to Insert NG Tube
- Feel for veins with the pads of your fingers, not your thumb.
Never pull the catheter out without deflating the balloon oryour patient will kick you and you will deserve it.
Get a good grip on the – ahem – apparatus when insertinga Foley catheter into a male patient.
- Lube….use it….liberally….to prevent angry patients.
Tell your patients what you’re doing….even if they areunconscious (or pretending to be uncouscious).
|Plus if you stick around long enough, you might even
stumble upon a little blue box full of nice, plastic vaginas.
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I’m an Ob/Gyn resident (that means I went to medical school to become a doctor) and now I'm working like a crazy person to learn my trade before I'm on my own in the wild. Once upon a time I birthed a couple of babies of my own, they're friggin' adorable twin toddlers now. My life story through November 2010 can be viewed here. The events in the many years following can be summed up as wedding bells, books, exams, babies, and doctoring. I only started this blog in hopes of landing a role in a Lifetime movie so I could quit medicine and move to Hollywood, so if you wouldn't take medical advice from Angelina Jolie, you shouldn't take it from me. I may not even be a real person. In fact, I'm probably a spambot. Or possibly a 15 yo boy blogging from a dingy basement. If you're really interested you can read more about me here. If you have any questions or want to guest post contact me.