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Vaccines and Herd Immunity

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"Packing the Patient" 



Sometimes, we can’t finish a transplant in one operation, so we “pack the patient”, send them to SICU for a few hours to let their body recover, and bring them back to finish the anastomosis.

"Packing the patient"- Basically means we stuff laps (super absorbent countable sponges) in the patient’s abdomen to help control bleeding.

Lap sponges are countable items; each one has a radiopaque marker (the dark blue strips) that will show up in an X-ray.

When packing a patient, the OR team counts how many laps are going into the patient and the nurse makes a note on the chart (ie “12 LAPS AS PACKING”).

When the patient is brought back to the OR for part 2 of their operation, the incision is reopened and all of the packed laps are removed, counted, and verified with the note made on the chart.

Before the end of the procedure, A/P and lateral X-rays are taken to confirm that there are no other countable items in the patient. Once the radiologist confirms a negative reading, the surgeons can close the incision and dressings are applied.

Picture 1: Pack of clean, unused laps. Laps come in packs of 5.

Picture 2: 12 bloody laps were removed from one patient’s abdomen.

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Warfarin  is an anticoagulant normally used in the prevention of thrombosis and thromboembolism, the formation of blood clots in the blood vessels and their migration elsewhere in the body respectively. It was initially introduced in 1948 as a pesticide against rats and mice and is still used for this purpos.  In the early 1950s, warfarin was found to be effective and relatively safe for preventing thrombosis and thromboembolism in many disorders. It was approved for use as a medication in 1954 and has remained popular ever since; warfarin is the most widely prescribed oral anticoagulant drug in North America.

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Saving lives :) critical care nurses in action.:)

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