arterial blood pressure has been on the low side. Just a tad low. They want it to be in the 70-80's over 40-50's. Hers has been in the 60-70's over 40-50's, which is okay. But when it dips into the 50's over 40's, the nurse calls the doctor. Nurse Maria did it last night and early this morning (she called the Dr when Scarlett's ABP dipped and stayed in the 50's), then about an hour ago Nurse Becky called the Dr again.
Both times the Doc asks them questions (about her other numbers/sats), then the Doc tells them to give her more fluid. I guess intravenous fluid helps the heart blood pressure come up. Each time they give her fluids her APB comes back up to the mid 60's over 40's.
In the pic above her ABP is 66/48 (in red). Ah... but take a look at her oxygen levels (in blue)...98!!! yeeee-haw! Her pulse (in green) is 132 which is great. Overall, she's doing "rock solid" as Maria said this morning. I am soooo happy....even if I'm a little worried about her low ABP.
They're gonna continue to keep her sedated throughout today to give her poor little body a rest from the 7 hour surgery she had to endure yesterday. She is still intubated (on a ventilator/breathing tube), and will still be all day today. Maybe tomorrow they'll try to wean her off of the ventilator.
She's woken up a couple of times and everytime she does it's pretty obvious....because Ding! Ding! Ding!, all her "numbers" get all wacko. Her numbers go up (pressures/pulses) and her sats (O2 level) go down. So, they're gonna keep her nice and sleepy all day today.