whoot, whoo - I received an A on my prematurity website creation ---- big sigh.
Now I can breathe for a few more days.
Speaking of breathing;
I also did my ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) re-certification today.
Now, you have to keep in mind that I work in a labor and delivery unit.
I deliver babies and I think I do that farely well.
We do take care of emergencies also - things like a baby's heart rate falling, a baby
being born when no doctor is around, placenta abruptions, seizures, a ruptured uterus, and bleeding moms to name a few........but I hate it when we are dealing with a dying mom!
Or it could be grandpa that goes down while he is visiting, or a friend that has a heart condition.
So we prepare.
We keep up our skills and learn how to read EKG Strips like these:
This is a nice, happy, normal sinus rhythm.
Regular and blood is perfusing.
but you don't want to see a strip like this.
When this happens you call for help right away and are already treating the patient.
Before it turns in to this:
At this point we will need to use the defibrillator.
The heart is like a bowl of jello and no blood is perfusing.
V-Fib = D-Fib
God forbid you ever see one of these!!!!
It was a long day of class. I passed the mega code and the paper test - so I am good to go. I just
hope I don't have to use these skills very often.
Here's a short review of EKG Strips for you
And if you really want to see an example of what I did all day today - then watch this mega code video
I prefer delivering babies! :)