Back in the day...... - page 3

I was regaling a new grad the other night as to how things have changed in the 35+ years since I became a nurse. She was appalled to hear that: Gloves were for surgery. Only. Yes, we cleaned... Read More

  1. by   blondy2061h
    We still pass out basins for baths for the stay. I encourage anyone that can to get to the sink/shower. We have disposable wipes and for my patients that can't get up I use those heated + clean towels. I want to use the basins cause I feel instinctively that its cleaner but with the evidence mounting I've switched to the wipes. They are easier. My patients get bathed daily and I think it's crazy that this doesn't happen everywhere, tough if you've got an 8 patient assignment and 3 of those patients are pretty unstable I can see why. It's sad.

    I can't believe how much has changed in the last 5 years.
  2. by   JDZ344
    The good old days
    Last edit by JDZ344 on Oct 25, '14
  3. by   JBudd
    Instead of pt stickers to put on pages, we had metal plates with the name and number punch typed in; really noisy machine in admissions. You put the metal plate in a credit card type roller, and ran the inker over it to mark the page, the lab slips, everything. Smeared and unreadable sometimes, you had to practice to get good at clear impressions consistently.
  4. by   blondy2061h
    Quote from JBudd
    Instead of pt stickers to put on pages, we had metal plates with the name and number punch typed in; really noisy machine in admissions. You put the metal plate in a credit card type roller, and ran the inker over it to mark the page, the lab slips, everything. Smeared and unreadable sometimes, you had to practice to get good at clear impressions consistently.
    We still use that, but much fewer sheets since we only do a page or two in case of a computer downtime.
  5. by   tewdles
    We taped glass chest tube bottles to the floor...
  6. by   DoeRN
    Quote from Pepper The Cat
    I still say the old way of keeping pts in Isolation - double bagging, clean nurse, dirty nurse etc, was much better and we should go back to it!
    I agree 100%

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  7. by   That Guy
    We used to have fun
  8. by   sallyrnrrt
    Quote from That Guy
    We used to have fun



    yes "ThatGuy" is correct, we did use to have fun......... those were the days, pay horrid, but we did have fun
  9. by   Pepper The Cat
    Yes, work used to be so much more fun. Much less drama.

    I was thinking on the way to work this am that we don't see many Barium Enemas anymore. Remember them? Such fun. Bowel prep for like 3 days. Pt would have the test. And then you would have to give them even more laxs to make sure all the Barium was passed. Because if it didnt... wow, man, did that stuff turn to cement!
  10. by   xoemmylouox
    Quote from That Guy
    We used to have fun
    No kidding!!!
  11. by   blondy2061h
    Quote from Pepper The Cat
    Yes, work used to be so much more fun. Much less drama.

    I was thinking on the way to work this am that we don't see many Barium Enemas anymore. Remember them? Such fun. Bowel prep for like 3 days. Pt would have the test. And then you would have to give them even more laxs to make sure all the Barium was passed. Because if it didnt... wow, man, did that stuff turn to cement!

    For triple contrast CT's? I've never heard of a 3 day bowel prep. What did that involve?
  12. by   Pepper The Cat
    A Barium Enema, or Barium Swallow was an xray done to look at the GI system.
    Pt would swallow the Barium (Yum!) (NOT!) and an xray would be take to "see the gi tract". Or Barium would be given as an enema, and again, an xray would be taken to "see" the colon, etc.
    Yeah - about a 3 day prep, starting with a fluid diet about 2 or 3 days, then bowel prep.
    We often started IVs on the pt because they go so dehyrated.

    Both these tests have replaced with scopes now.
  13. by   tewdles
    I still have fun when working as a nurse...

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