Rav (ambercrombie) wrote in nursing_tmi,
Rav
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Pacemakers...

I work in a prep/recovery area and cardiac cath lab. The other day, we had a lady come in with severe dementia. She had an ICD put in a few weeks before and was now getting it taken out. Nothing in the H&P indicated why. So, I went to prep her for the procedure and she had dug at the incision site so much, that the device was sticking out. It was so infected, oozing and just nasty. So, after the doctor took everything out, which was a five minute job considering the leads and device were practically hanging out when not bandaged...we put a pressure dressing over the site and just wrapped her up and crossed our fingers.
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