Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Critical Results: When to call an ordering clinician.

Whenever you  read a study, and you have a finding that makes you debate whether to alert the ordering clinician.  Just do it.  Take the extra time to do it because you just never know when sometime could slip through.

Below are findings you definitely need to call the ordering clinician (This is not an all encompassing list).

Acute Aortic Syndrome
Malpositioned ET tube
Pneumothorax
Testicular and ovarian torsion
Malpositioned ET Tube
NG tube in the Airway
Pulmonary Embolism
Pneumoperitoneum
Volvulus
Mediastianal mass with airway compromise
Foreign Body in Airway

Make sure to document your name, person you spoke to, time and date.

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