3 Mar

Tanking= an intransitive verb used to describe you patient whose blood pressure is in the 80’s Systolic and dropping, whose WBCs have probably doubled in one day, has a lactate level >4 and Sinus Tachycardia on the monitor,  has a change in mental status and increased lethargy.  Usually this patient is admitted to telemetry by Dr High Maintenance because he hates nurses and loves when we are stricken with panic. If you ask him to transfer the patient to ICU he wants to know, “What is the big deal?” or “You panic to much” . When you have to call him every hour because the patient is (still) tanking and getting worse and the rest of your patients have become unimportant in comparison you call a rapid response and get the patient to the appropriate place, appropriate level of care.


One Response to “Tanking”

  1. Strong One March 8, 2009 at 22:45 #

    A shame we all know how that situation feels.

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