Transducers are used for arterial blood pressure lines but also intracranial and intraabdominal pressures. A transducer measures the pressure precisely and must be zeroed and held at an exact location. For the best reading, the transducer should be kept where it is zeroed. Even on patients that are in a comatose state they get jostled and never stay put. This is exacerbated when patients are moving their extremities.
A catheter strap can be used to help keep the transducer at the correct placement. This can be used anytime a patient has an arterial line to keep the transducer at the phlebostatic axis.
Dale Foley Catheter strap or equivalent cloth catheter strap.
Place catheter strap around patient’s arm at the appropriate place. Secure transducer with Velcro strap.
How long have you been a nurse?
I've been a nurse for five years, the last three of them being in the intensive care unit at Franklin Square. I started at Harbor Hospital on a telemetry unit, then did a year at GBMC's Emergency Department before returning to MedStar.
What's the best part about being a nurse?
Helping patients and their families through probably some of their roughest and most emotional days is truly rewarding. Titrating drips and assisting in life saving procedures also gives me a great sense of accomplishment.
What would you do if you weren’t doing this?
If I wasn't in healthcare, I'd probably do some kind of trade work like electrician or mechanic, I am obsessed with DIY and hoard all the power tools I can.
What was your first job?
My first real job was at UPS where I worked nights, which continued through nursing school. I started as a package handler and became a supervisor rather than drive a truck so I could go to school.
What is your most memorable vacation?
The Outer Banks last summer with my family. My son was one at the time and divided his time between trying to crawl into the ocean and eat fistfuls of sand.
What is your favorite book/movie?
Book - Catch-22, Movie - If The Shawshank Redemption is on I have to watch it, so probably that.