Cessation of oxygen therapy when taking an ABG on an unstable patient – this increases the risk of hypoxia and potential cardiac arrest. Clinically, knowing the fraction of inspired oxygen should be sufficient for interpretation of the blood gas
Taking an unstable/potentially unstable patient to radiology for further imaging (advisable to arrange on the ward imaging or else wait till ICU transfer)
Continuing with other ward jobs when the patient you are requesting ICU admission for should be your priority
Not having a clear request – i.e. what do you need ICU to do (provide advice, review for admission to ICU, stabilise)
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