I remember when we had 24 neurosurgical and neurological patients on one hall and 22 ENT on the other side; striker frames, circle beds, halo traction, crutchfield tongs and we had one charge RN for the floor, 1 LPN for meds and treatments, 2 NAs for basic care on each side and everything got done including backrubs, passing evening snacks, cleaning rooms, and evening partials (brushing teeth, washing face/hands and perineal areas). Plus, we had to "open" charts then and make entries every 2 hours on every patient. We had to stand for every MD (I almost got thrown out of school for not standing). We poured our meds and used med cards/trays (if you have ever dropped a full one you know what i mean....) Every surgical patient had enemas til clear the nite before surgery. There weren't any disposable underpads for beds. We used draw sheets with rubber sheets underneath them for incontinence. I could go on and on.......I guess I am older than i realized...thanx for reminding me... :-)
I remember hypodermoclycis as well as proctoclysis (does anyone else remember?) We routinely used sugar, maalox and O2 on wounds so the bacteria would eat the sugar and maalox and not the tissue (at least that was the theory then). Interestingly, I remember wounds healing much better then than now. We also used to have the "bullet" oscilloscopes that were the precursors of cardiac monitors. The scopes were shaped like torpedos and showed you one lead only. Clearly only used for the sickest patients and only the MD could interpret. A nurse could tell, however, when there was a "flatline". I remember turning teams when 2 people would go down the hall and turn, clean, fluff pillows, reposition patients every 2 hours religiously. Sometimes you finished one round only to start another.
[This message has been edited by Charles S. Smith, RN, MS (edited December 12, 2000).]
[This message has been edited by Charles S. Smith, RN, MS (edited December 13, 2000).]