its funny now/all my small town emer room escapades as a mean ole nurse :)
...but heres the way it plays out...patient comes into er with possible cncussion..cat scan is ordered, concussion confirmed may or may not go to er/lets say not...stay in ICU for observation all day or all nght depending on when it happened
every 5 min for the first hour the nurse never leaves, watches you, the monitor and scribbles in the chart, all the time assuring you everything is fine, just rest
....course rest does NOT mean sleep.
.then the second third and fourth hour it slacks up only get pestered every 15 minutes....then the MD comes in again the fifth or sixth hour and checks you out again and says dont worry, rest....
no you cant go to sleep yet, no but you can have tylenol for your headache...haha
then you get pesterd every 30 min for the next 4 hours
then every 8 hours for the next 4
then the md comes back and says OK go home and go to bed and sleep/another cat scan first of course then you can go home
guess when you feel better?
right! when you get home and get to to to bed!!!
when you wake up you are a bit dizzy at first but other than that you are much better...
so whats the public opiion then of what you should do for a concussion? right...go home and sleep youll feel better!!!!
kow why the public is wrong?
aside from all the N. Kratchets of course haha....
concussion is when your rain is jostled back and forth in that small 1/4th inch space between it and your hard bony skull
gross I know
all that causes fluid to slosh, bruising to form, perhaps a small bleed to develop...
you do NOT want to be alone, asleep ....if that happens.
all those penlights, dumb questions, how many fingers, what year is it, BP, alll that stuff that kept you awake in the hopital was done to pinpoint any slight mental status changes asap!!!
so there you have it...a day n the life of a Nurse Kratchet whose birth certificate says
"NOT ON MY SHIFT YOU WONT!!!!"