Monday, May 2, 2011


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 practice.
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.
Ventricular tachycardia
When this happens you call for help right away and are already treating the patient.
Before it turns in to this:
Ventricular Fibrillation
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! :)

1 comment:

Leilani said...

I've been lurking on your blog (new mom-to-be) and was wondering...Could you do a post like this (the heart monitors) of what baby should look like in labor?

My labor teacher should us, but given my lovely inability to remember more than today...!