The Lifesaving Foley

Recently I’ve noticed a peculiar phenomenon with my nursing colleagues, and I wonder if anyone else has this.

  • I’ll be in the middle of a code, look around and see a nurse studiously inserting a catheter into the patient.
  • We’ll be getting ready to intubate an agitated patient; I look and see the nurse is busy intubating Mr. Johnson.

I have no idea why.

Really, I think they’re stressed out, and want to “Do Something”. They see a task they’re comfortable doing, and so they do it. Indication or not, right time or not, utility or not.

I’ve taken to calling it The Lifesaving Foley, for obvious reasons, though I don’t think it’s saved a life yet.

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