My day was pretty much spent observing an aortogram with runoff, which looks pretty much like the image at right when viewed through fluoroscopy, then talking with the patient in PACU, and performing post-procedure groin site and vital checks back on our med-surg floor.
Since the aortogram set-up was similar to our cardiac cath lab, and since my work as a ward clerk involves managing MD orders for post-angioplasty cardiac patients, today was very satisfying. More work to be done on the nursing, though. It is very easy for me to see the patient as a piece of meat with a puzzle inside. A long talk in PACU was nice but not smooth by any means. It didn't help that I was starting to get quite hungry by the time were ready to leave.