6 months into peds

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6 months into peds

Postby RPSGT1997 » Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:38 am

So I thought I'd about seen it all as a sleep tech. Then I accepted a job in a primarily pediatric sleep lab and have been humbled beyond belief.

You haven't seen nothing until you work in a pediatric lab. It's tough, It's fun, It's challenging, it's frustrating. You will be in and out of the rooms a lot on most nights. You will pride yourself when you can actually hook up the entire head of a 1 or 2 year old. You will meet some amazing parents (usually the Moms stay) and others who you wish you'd never met.

Where are all the pediatric techs? It would be great if we could share some tips here.
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Re: 6 months into peds

Postby somnonaut » Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:32 pm

We are all peds and I have been sharing tips for years.
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Re: 6 months into peds

Postby RPSGT1997 » Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:59 am

Yes and I appreciate your tips. It would be nice if more techs participated here. Every tech I tell about it seems to have no interest but they're all over the facebook sleep sites but I don't have or want a facebook account.
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Re: 6 months into peds

Postby stars » Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:36 pm

Agree .Tip number one when you have deal with very small kids your hand need be soft and warm ,not cold
Just very gently touch
May be its funny talk with kid very smiling calm voice they listen you doesn't matter 2 months or 12 months
I do kids every night
Sometimes hard but ,result talk itself Free ask or pm any questions. Mike
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Re: 6 months into peds

Postby cmassicotte » Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:40 pm

Pediatric tech here! I don't usually share tips, but have answered questions on occasion.

I got super, super bored of 50-something-year-old men with BMI>35 reeking of beer and sweat 14 years ago, and have not looked back. So much more rewarding working with children.
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Re: 6 months into peds

Postby somnonaut » Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:52 am

Can I ask? Why don't you share tips?
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Re: 6 months into peds

Postby MrBig » Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:31 am

We're 50/50 adults/peds (0 and up). We do both outpatient procedures in the sleep lab and in-patient PSGs. I'm doing an in-pt peds tonight in an ICU with a mobile PSG unit on a cart. I hate it.
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Re: 6 months into peds

Postby somnonaut » Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:45 am

Why do you hate it?
We also do in-pt studies with mobile carts. We have the rights to use a "separation room" which is a room with its own bathroom that is used to allow new parents learn how to handle overnight with their new baby prior to discharge. Staff is just outside the door. Sometimes we do have to sit isolette/crib side for the duration, but the nursing staff are great. We are doing some interesting studies.
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Re: 6 months into peds

Postby cmassicotte » Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:08 pm

somnonaut wrote:Can I ask? Why don't you share tips?


Ha, well it's not like I'm hoarding knowledge, I was just saying that I don't often post.
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Re: 6 months into peds

Postby RPSGT1997 » Sat Aug 26, 2017 6:50 am

My manager is trying to get me to run 3 peds a night (which includes scoring the studies) and I've done it a few times and am wiped out by morning. I feel like I can't give the best patient care running 3 peds and I'm going to get burned out quickly. She said it's "the norm" for pediatric labs to run 3:1. Is this really the norm or nothing but greed?
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Re: 6 months into peds

Postby somnonaut » Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:59 pm

We have 2:1 max. No 3:1. Academic accredited PEDS only lab in NY.
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Re: 6 months into peds

Postby RayMeece » Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:03 am

There is not much of a "norm" for anything in sleep. Certainly, the AASM says the usual ratio should be 2:1 for adults. And so, since peds require so much more work and time, they should NEVER be 3:1. In fact, I would assume that a 1:1 ratio would be recommended in a lot of cases.
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Re: 6 months into peds

Postby cmassicotte » Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:58 pm

3:1 is unheard of and I would seriously complain about that to management.

1:1 would be ideal, with appropriate patient load 2:1 is acceptable, and many labs do a 3:2 (or 5:3, etc) ratio also.
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Re: 6 months into peds

Postby RPSGT1997 » Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:03 am

cmassicotte wrote:3:1 is unheard of and I would seriously complain about that to management


"Management" is the person saying 3:1 is the norm.
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Re: 6 months into peds

Postby cmassicotte » Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:25 pm

Director, then? Go up the food chain until your concerns are heard.
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