Thursday, December 8, 2005

Snow day!

Well, I didn't have anything planned today, other than studying. The school is closed finals for those who has one planned. The cafeteria is about the only thing open. I do not think the library is open.
We were supposed to get fitted for our precordial stethascope ear piece today. Free from a drug rep. Darn it! Now I will have to buy one, unless they can arrange for another day. I will keep an eye on the anesthesia building parking lot, just in case it looks like the rep showed up. As of now, there are only 3 cars in the parking lot, so looks like a no go. We were supposed to go at 11am...
SEVEN more days and THREE more final exams! Yippy. I am so glad to be in the single digits, as is my hubby. Unfortunately I will only have one day at home before we head north (brrrr) for Christmas with our families. This is what we get for moving 4 states away from family.....will we ever learn.
stay warm.


Anonymous said...

I've heard of the precordials, but haven't seen anyone from anesthesia wear one in the OR... Could you describe the function? What exactly are you listening for? Does it go through any equipment or right to the pt's chest? Are you apt to tone it out after a while, especially a long case?


{change in plans} said...

I have only used one in the patient stimulator lab. When placed in the suprasternal notch, you are able to hear the heart and lung tones quite well. Once the patient is intubated, you can place a esophageal temperature sensor down, plug in your precordial stethascope and listen away. You can hear things very clearly, and can hear an ectopic beat prior to or coinciding with it showing up on the monitor. It will be required to use during my clinicals as a student. I agree that I do not see many CRNA in practice when I worked in the OR. I cannot answer your questions regarding tuning it out during a long case....I won't be in clinicals until August.
Equipment includes a fitted earpiece, though I've been told you can find the foam earpieces, similar to earplugs, a long tube, and the small metal piece to place on the patient's chest before they are intubated or the esophageal temperature sensor.
Hope that helps.

{change in plans} said...
Forgot to add this link. I tried searching for info online regarding it, but did not come up with much. Here is some info from the srna website.