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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Why I love Versed...
My first experience using the drug was in my intern year. I was on nights with a less-than-stellar upper level resident, so I did most of the work. We were called to a patient's room by one of the nurses and told that his foley catheter was stuck. I tried unsuccessfully to remove it, but were stopped when he yelled because of the pain.
Resident: "How are we going to get this thing out?"
Me: "Hold on, I have an idea. Nurse, go draw up two milligrams of Versed and bring it in here."
*Nurse walks out of the room and returns in a minute or two*
Resident: "Now what?"
Me: "You take that empty syringe and pull back hard on the bulb to remove the air. I'll pull the foley out."
Resident: "And that will work?"
Me: "We'll see. Nurse, go ahead and give him that Versed."
At this point I gave it about a minute to work, then had the resident pull back on the syringe while I promptly just pulled the foley out. The patient gave a brief scream, then kind of a whimper and a curse directed my way, but the foley did come out and there did not appear to be any other damage. I walked back out of the room and wrote a brief note about what we did. I walked back into the room about three minutes later to see the patient.
Patient: "Who are you?"
Me: "No one of consequence."
And with that I walked back out.