Christopher Reeve--did decubiti kill him? - page 3

intro: several people have asked me about this since i changed my signature to say that decubiti killed him. so, i thought i would address the information... first, as you will read below, we... Read More

  1. by   NurseFirst
    Quote from MUNCHKINgloria72
    I am sure he had the best medical care money can buy. You can only turn someone so many times. If his circulation was severely impaired you could turn him until you're blue and he would still somehow manage to get sores.
    I ran into a website recently that was dedicated to preventing DVT (thanks to a post someone on this site made, mentioning the scary statistics related to DVT.) I'm wondering, does anyone know of a similar organization for prevent of decubiti?

    Ummm....btw, I started this thread because of decubiti; Christopher Reeve is just the hook to reel people into a conversation they might not otherwise have. How many would even given the thread a second look if I hadn't had his name in the thread, but just, something like, preventing decubiti.

    I do know of one positive effect my signature has had; one person said they would use it in teaching (and, I'm assuming, motivating) Techs to spend time on skin care. Hooray!!! When someone famous and rich suffers from something, we, at least, subliminally, know that we are not immune.

    NurseFirst
  2. by   mattsmom81
    I don't really understand the need to use an instigative tagline to generate controversy. I'm not surprised the OP got PM's.

    The profile lists the OP as a student nurse...perhaps doing an assignment.
    If so it is only fair to ask that this be announced prior to starting a thread IMO.

    I don't believe a nurse necessarily 'did anything wrong' if their patients develop a decub, or falls or gets a skin tear, or dies. Ain't necessarily so and I (as a longtime nurse, not a student) resent this implication. if your instructors are teaching this they are part of a bigger problem in the profession, IMO.

    A huge reason nurses leave the bedside is endless demands and liability...'if the outcome isn't perfect, obviously some nurse did something wrong.' I don't see the value in propogating this type of thinking and I won't support it on this BB.

    As nurses we do what we can, the best we can, and document.

    Over and out now.
    Last edit by mattsmom81 on Mar 1, '05
  3. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from mattsmom81
    perhaps doing an assignment??
    If so it is only fair to ask that you announce this before you start a thread IMO.

    MM, I already posted that I asked the OP about her tagline in a different thread. Rather than veer OT, she sensibly started a new thread about it.

    I had no idea that people were going to be so defensive about a common, largely preventable problem!
  4. by   UM Review RN
    I started working in this field as a nurse's aide back before the age of certification of nurse's aides. I was one of 2 aides who worked for a nursing home of 100 residents. We were taught that we were to do 3 rounds per night. No resident needed to be washed up unless the smell of ammonia was literally making our eyes water.

    People went into nursing homes to die because they had no other relatives to care for them. Nursing homes were run as moneymaking opportunities for the investors. To say that the elders got poor care would be to give far too much credit to those running those nursing homes. :angryfire

    I saw gangrenous wounds (and never will I forget the smell!). I remember treatments of MOM, sugar, and heat lamps, "friction" to Stage I decubs.

    LPN 90, you behave as though the decub that led to Reeves' death somehow takes something away from his life. This is not true. He fought a good fight for spinal injury patients. Why is it so hard or so difficult to try to solve the problems that are presented when a patient gets a decub? Why the resistance?

    Yes, there are many factors involved in treating decubs. But if you are honest, you'd have to admit--as one nurse who's been around the block, same as you--that the facilities do not encourage the use of the best techniques to treat decubs.

    We'll probably have to agree to disagree on this one, but I simply couldn't allow you to attack the OP for her choice of a tagline.
    Last edit by Nurse Ratched on Mar 1, '05 : Reason: removed quoted post - original post removed
  5. by   Nurse Ratched
    Sounds like we need to take a deep breath on this one....

    I've removed some posts that were purely personal attacks (and edited some where those posts were quoted.)

    I ask everyone to be mindful of the TOS.

    IMO, this is a discussion about a larger, common nursing problem based on resaonable speculation about a specific well-known case.
    Last edit by Nurse Ratched on Mar 1, '05

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