Great New Reasons to Wash Your Hands, Often! - page 4

by BostonTerrierLoverRN

We as Nurses know this one. We even know little cute ways to know how long to wash them(i.e. alphabet song, happy birthday, etc.). A new study conducted by our University Hospital's Medical Tech Program reminded me that... Read More


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    I would be the idiot who would be stupid enough lying there in bed, watching the morning show, eating breakfast, and drink from the wrong container!

    No, I always use the handle to clip it on their bedside if they can't ambulate.

    Also, not to pull a TMI, but some men just don't have enough "resources" to be able to lay on their backs and use those things! I mean, they don't work to well straight up with the opening down, lol, but it's awkward when a young surgical patient male asks for help, and you raise the head of the bed, pull back the covers, lift the gown, and suddenly you realize, this isn't going to work!

    I have also seen doctors order condom caths for poor patients that is the equivalent to trying to get it on an "outie" belly button. Oh, the things you learn in Nursing. "I'm gonna mash down on his belly, and then you slide it on." Oh, how being the one with the lowest seniority can bite!
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    Soooo many microbes!!! Its a wonder the human race hasn't been wiped out.

    Considering how dirty bathrooms are, I think we should consider putting gloves outside bathrooms so our hands don't get dirtier than they already are.
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    i wish all of our rooms had sinks in the rooms!
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    i wrote a thread about the following: plenty of normal appearing ao3 pts who go to the br and don't wash their hands. i feel awkward reminding grown adults to do this.
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    Goodness! I am speechless, which seldom/never happens!!! W-A-S-H is a four-letter word - a good one! DO IT regardless and protect yourself in addition to your patients!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Did anyone mention the privacy curtains yet? Not sure how often those get cleaned, and I frequently see those being handled after patient contact, before hand washing.
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    Quote from BostonTerrierLoverRN
    Hydrocarbons (plastics) to microbes are toxic
    Bacteria grow easily on plastics (e.g., there are studies of bacteria in offices, and the plastic keyboards are loaded with microbes). There are however microbe-resistant plastics, and there's a recent study about the use of these plastics for curtains: Medscape: Medscape Access
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    Quote from needshaldol
    This is what really gets me. We go room to room doing vitals. Of course an isolation room has its own. So these cuffs and 02 sat finger things are NEVER washed between patients. WHY is this? I use alcohol swabs to clean it but have no idea if this is the right thing to clean with. If I am ever in a hospital and alert, I will ask for that finger holder to be wiped down.
    One of the hospitals I did clinicals at had universal vitals machines, but individual BP cuffs for all patients, not just isolation patients. The cuff is stored on the patient's bedrail (that Velcro comes in handy -- just wrap it on!), and you just connect the two tubes and you're in business. This was nice not only for infection control, but also because each patient was assigned the right size cuff -- no more guessing/hoping you had the right one. And the tubing on the machine is easier to untangle without the big cuff in the way.

    And the little basket on the machine held a container of disinfecting wipes for wiping the pulse ox finger clip and the handle on the thermometer, plus the handle for the machine itself.
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    Thanks Barley, well that's one strike against the water bottles, Mr. Harvey might be on to something. I know my dogs automatic 1 Gallon waterer has an Antimicrobial/Bacteria-static in it.

    I bet someone out there knows more about what I am going to say, if you do- please comment, but there's some chemical in some plastics that "mocks" estrogen. I think it has been outlawed(not sure) but women who have breast cancer or reproductive organ cancers in their families were advised to throw away old plastic Tupperware, cups, etc. because it could leach into food and liquids- especially if heated(i.e. hot food and drinks, left in hot car, or fluid stored for long periods). I will research this, it's a 3 letter chemical starting with "B."
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    Quote from BostonTerrierLoverRN
    Thanks Barley, well that's one strike against the water bottles, Mr. Harvey might be on to something. I know my dogs automatic 1 Gallon waterer has an Antimicrobial/Bacteriastatic. I bet someone out there knows more about what I am going to say, if you do- please comment, but there's some chemical in some plastics that "mocks" estrogen. I think it has been outlawed(not sure) but women who have breast cancer or reproductive organ cancers in their families were advised to throw away old plastic Tupperware, cups, etc. because it could leach into food and liquids- especially if heated(i.e. hot food and drinks, left in hot car, or fluid stored for long periods). I will research this, it's a 3 letter chemical starting with "B."
    You're thinking of BPA, I believe....
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