Conversations about the tips, tricks, trends, and taboos of emergency nursing. A peek behind the hospital curtain at issues and ideas that seldom get discussed.
Decoding Urgency: The 3+ Phrases of Angor Amine
In this episode, we reveal the three (plus bonus) critical phrases that can make all the difference in patient care. Lisa and Nyssa break down the significance of these ominous declarations, and discuss the swift decisive actions that ER nurses must take when confronted with these signals.
Checklists! Keeping Track of Killer Items
Sometimes, the most complicated problems can be solved with the simplest solutions. Nyssa and Lisa discuss “the checklist” - an elegant tool which revolutionized safety protocols in the field of aviation, and how they can - and should - be used in emergency medicine to increase favorable outcomes in patient care.
Button Batteries: Shiny Disks of Danger
Coin-shaped button batteries are used in many common household items; they are often and easily picked up by toddlers and plopped directly into their mouths., where their alkaline properties can lead to fatal consequences. Nyssa and Lisa talk to pediatric flight nurse LaKeisha Neely about how to recognize the symptoms of button battery ingestion, and how to treat those patients before damage is done to their bodies.
Paralysis Awareness in the ER
RSI is a common high stakes procedure done in emergent airways in the ER, but imagine how your patients must feel if they regain awareness during paralysis. One patient said “it was the worst pain he’d ever had and it was unbearable.” How can your ER team avoid unwittingly contributing to this pain? Nyssa and Lisa examine a study that reveals the prevalence of awareness with paralysis in the ER and discuss how to keep it from happening to your patient.
The Curse of the Q Word
Superstitious behavior is one thing, but Nyssa and Lisa have found proof that saying the dreaded Q word in the ER may indeed have a quantifiable impact on whether or not you have an out-of-control shift. Dive deep into the cause and effect relationship between luck and chaos, and learn all about the pandemonium an errant utterance can have on your practice.
TikTok Challenges Gone Wrong
Dumb people doing dumb things is nothing new, but Lisa and Nyssa - with special guest Dr. Cory Nonnemacher - examine how the viral challenge trend has led to a whole new generation of dangerous stunts being performed for likes and lolz by today's social-media hungry kids. Learn what challenges like the "Skullbreaker", "Milk Crate" and "Scalp Pop" look like when they present in your ERs, and what downstream health implications these internet exploits might mean to your patients.
This is the best podcast out there for nurses, future nurses, and medical professionals in general! I learn so much from every episode. Your guests and topics are always spot on, informative, and Interesting. I love the insights and perspectives from both the medical side, as well as the non-medical side. Thank you for the great content and please keep it coming!
Love this podcast!
As a current nursing student, I love listening to Lisa and Nyssa on their podcast! They even sent me some goodies in the mail for me! I appreciate everything you both do and all that you have already taught me what it means yo be a nurse! Thank you!! I hope to be an ER nurse someday too and I love that you guys share the insight on what it takes!
Incredible job! Content is on point
I listen to quite a few podcast and have to say that this one is really well done. Great content and flow, audio is great, and it is very relevant to topics that are faced as an ER nurse. Keep up the great work.