Hurry, please?

The Catholic Saint, Francis de Sales once said:

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.  Do not lose your inner peace for    anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.”

Francis obviously was not a neonatologist. When you are caring for a sick infant, time is of the essence.

During rounds today, an ill one day-old infant was carried to the intensive care unit. He was breathing very hard and fast, and was very tachycardic. His initial oxygen saturation was 60%!

I preformed a quick exam and then ordered oxygen, an IV, a bolus (large quantity over a short period) of fluid, two antibiotics and maintenance fluids (those that the infant will be on all day). It was 10:01 and I said I wanted all of these tasks completed in 15 minutes.

I watched in amazement. Three nurses scattered and began working. Oxygen was started immediately and the IV placement was flawless. Then, in rapid succession, all of the orders were completed.

The three nurses working together finished at 10:11. The efficiency left me speechless.

I confidently told the nurses that, if this child survives, they saved her life because they were in a hurry.

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2 Responses to “Hurry, please?”

  1. Francisco Acosta Says:

    A good leader always will make people around them better!

  2. Taneisha Grant Says:

    I like this entry a lot especially because I always hear that I, “look so calm!” Kudos to the excellent leadership. Give yourself some credit too.

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