MedicalIamA(n) intensive care nurse in a level 1 trauma hospital. I have experience with every specialty except burns. AMA!
Aug 9th 2017 by sinnicleB • 13 Questions • 67 Points
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What was the most exciting location to shoot from?
They definitely are, in a large number of ways (pun not intended). It can be simple, like our rooms and beds being too small. It can also be complex and dangerous: often times, very deconditioned patients have trouble healing from even simple problems. They tend to have a lot of skin damage at baseline and to carry a lot of fungus/bacteria because they have trouble cleaning themselves at baseline. When they have open wounds, you can see how all that is a recipe for infection. If they are on a ventilator and are already septic, their path to healing is long and hard.
Also - even though it's not a good thing - there can definitely be prejudice against larger patients. I know some people feel angry at them for not taking care of themselves, etc. I don't share this view: I think that the fact that extreme over eating is a type of eating disorder (which needs treatment, not judgment) is often missed. But I also sympathize with people who feel angry because large patients can be so difficult to move and it's easy to hurt one's back just lifting a leg or even an arm if the patient is big enough.
It's a strange feeling to look at someone's limb and realize it almost certainly weighs more than you do.
Probably the tiny atoll of Woleai, in Micronesia, for last year's eclipse in March of 2016. We had no electricity, no internet, no nothing. Had to bring it all by boat!
Just reading through your AMA, I realized that I've been picturing you as a woman this whole time. Then I remembered that dumb movie Meet the Parents where the parents constantly make fun of the main character for being a male nurse. And I realizing from this thread how ridiculous that whole idea is, just absurd.
So, male or female, would you mind talking about sexism that you may have experienced where you work?
Also, looking at the sun during the eclipse is not any more dangerous than looking at the sun on any other day. If you're like me, and you enjoy you some sun staring, you're fine.
Also quick comment to say that for all my stories I will change small details to protect patient privacy. However, the major points of each story will be true.
Here's one of our recent favorite videos - highlights from the 2016 total solar eclipse that we captured in Micronesia: https://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/past?media=8239
would routing less severe cases to other facilities be a better allocation of resources, or do they make the more severe cases tolerable?
Do you have a preference for eyewear? I have shade 14 welders goggles and ISO approved glasses but just had Baader safety film arrive at my place and am going to make glasses out if that. I've never experienced an eclipse but it has been top of my bucket list ever since reading about its impact regarding physics, specifically with relativity. What are your recommendations?
I have never worked as a bed manager, so I don't have a fully developed perspective on this. However, I can say that for me personally, I am all about the high acuity cases. I like adrenaline and don't want to sit around twiddling my thumbs. So I do find it frustrating when we are boarding a patient just because an IMC (intermediate care unit -- a unit for patients too sick for the regular floor but not sick enough for ICU) has no beds available, for example.
Because we are a very high acuity hospital and we have MDs who are willing to do interventions that other hospitals aren't, we tend to have other hospitals in the area send to us and not the other way around. The only time I can recall where we sent a patient to another hospital, it was because the family members were convinced that we weren't doing enough and wanted to take the patient to another hospital that they believed would do more; ironically, the hospital they went to is a hospital that frequently sends us patients who require more invasive care than they are willing to give, so I'm guessing the family was disappointed at the end of that transfer.
Good question. Images seen with each type of approved solar filter will look slightly different. We don't have a preference other than safety. We made this video to explore the story of Einstein's light-bending concept: https://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/video/einsteins-light-bending-concept