CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Some registered nurses at Charleston Area Medical Center will be allowed to intervene in certain rare emergency situations when no doctor is present.
The Charleston Daily Mail (http://bit.ly/SDxuTk) reports the move Wednesday by the CAMC Board of Directors would involve heart patients following surgery.
CAMC chief of staff James Lohan says the hospital wants to give registered nurse first assistants the opportunity to intervene in saving lives if they're needed. The procedure involves reopening a patient's chest to alleviate dangerous pressure that might build up around the heart before a surgeon is summoned to repair the problem.
Information from: Charleston Daily Mail, http://www.dailymail.com