Inside the room, the patient says to me as I'm drawing her ABG because her spo2 is only 78% on a 100% non-rebreather, "I'm really stressed right now."
As I'm walking out of the room to tell the RN the patient might benefit from a Xanax, I hear the RN saying into the phone receiver loud enough for the patient to hear, "Your patient in ICU room D appears to be taking a dump on me."
I look back at the patient and wondered if her heart just flipped as she heard that, and hoped she didn't hear it.
Regardless, we are all guilty of talking too loud at times. And while this RN is perhaps one of the best I've ever worked with, this is proof that even she is human after all.
RT Cave Rule #38: When we are relaying private information about the patient, we must remember to keep our voices down.