Nursing Hx:Share Oldtime Ineffective tx's? - page 5

Recently a few of the "old-timers" and I were gabbing about ineffective treatments that used to be the standard of care for pts. Such as: MOM, sugar, and heat lamp therapy for Stage III... Read More

  1. by   kkersch
    These comments are really a blast from the past. Remember green soap?
    Morco ointment for burns--anyone know if you can still get that stuff?
    Potassium permangenate baths for patents with severe skin breakdown--if you got one drop on your nice white uniform or your hands, it was with you forever! We even had a special maroon-colored tub for the patient to soak in.
    K-pads for cold packs.
    Potato ricers to wring out hot packs.
  2. by   deespoohbear
    My Grandma used to use the Meruachrome on our scrapes too. My head would have to be severed before I would tell Grandma I had an "ouchie."
  3. by   sjsap
    What a trip down the lane for me! I recall having to wash out metal bedpans in a "sterilizer" in the utility room when I was an nursing assistant. We would collect them room by room and bring them to the utility room at least once a week (not my favorite assignment!- hot and stinky)
    I once heard of a patient on my unit chewing up a glass thermometer-(another n.a. had put it in his mouth and left the room for a minute) what a time we had getting all the pieces back! We had wards of 6-8 patients in one room (adult med surg) and you would shake down all the thermometers and pop them in everyone in the room and go around the room with the bp cuff on wheels to get the vs, then go back around to remove the thermometers. Of course, the patients would all be asking for stuff, need to go to the bathroom, drink of h2o, etc, so vs would take a while.
    We had a doc who would order IV etoh for his patients who drank daily at home to prevent DTs while in the hospital.
    Thank goodness for KDUR- any one remember SSKI?
    Mercurochrome was my grandfather's favorite remedy for all my cuts and scrapes- taught me to walk tall(on my toes! yeeowch!!!!!!!)
    and the joys of iced etoh baths for fevers- gets those rigors going strong!
    and specific gravities on urines, S&A urines q.shift- how did we get it all done?
  4. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by bagladyrn
    Hey Mark - how about delee suctioning the baby with the suction provided by mouth (one tube in your mouth, the other down the baby)
    I remember that!

    I remember the orthodontist seeing about 5 of us kids (all in a row) using his BARE HANDS in our mouths and just using Ivory soap in between adjusting our braces. I remember the day my dentist STARTED USING gloves, it was weird!
  5. by   Sleepyeyes
    I seem to remember peroxide used to disinfect stuff, too....
  6. by   JonRN
    Anyone remember New Skin? It burned twice as bad as merthiolate. I once scraped my big toe while swimming and my Dad put some of that crap on it, I danced and screamed for an hour!!!

    Pappy
  7. by   mamabear
    ECT's ("shock treatments") for alcoholism.
    EEG's using tiny little pins that were inserted into various spots on your head
    Giving barbiturates to women in labor (I had two kids while given Seconal; 1968 and 1971).
    Delivery "tables" with leather wrist restraints
    HHH enemas and pubic hair shaving early in labor.
    Routine episiotomies.
    General anesthesia for a normal vaginal delivery.
  8. by   deespoohbear
    Vegas-I remember the orthodontist doing that! It was about 1980 or so. When he started wearing gloves it was so weird! The taste of the latex, yuck!!
  9. by   prn nurse
    I'll be glad when leeches are history ! We still use them routinely for microvascular and some plastic surgeries!

    Getting cardiac outputs with saline "iced down" in 5 cc syringes.
  10. by   boggle
    Bet'cha I can wrap a Scultetus binder on that laporotomy patient faster than you can!

    They never did stay in the right place, did they.


    How about little cards/tickets with patient meds written on each?

    You would sort them by patient and time, then pour each patient's meds for he shift in little white cups, stacking the 1000 med cup on top of the noon med cup on top of the 1400 med cup.

    All the cups and tickets were lined up in a "med cup tray" , and you carried the tray from room to room passing out meds. How did we ever know what we were giving (or not giving)?? Anybody else ever DROP the tray after all the shift meds were poured!!??

    I have really enjoyed all of your posts!
  11. by   Sjackson983
    I remember when MI patients couldn't have ice water, watch TV, read a newspaper. They had to have complete bed baths and use a bed pan. We also started Lido on every patient that had an MI. When the Swan Ganz catheter became popular, we would inject 10cc's of iced water directly into the heart, but the patient still couldn't drink ice water. Hmmmm. We used to "count" Valium pills...3/4 full, 1/2 full. Need a Valium, help yourself. We used to keep our vials of Mannitol in a styrofoam cooler with a light bulb in it to keep the Mannitol from crystallizing.
  12. by   mark_LD_RN
    Originally posted by bagladyrn
    Hey Mark - how about delee suctioning the baby with the suction provided by mouth (one tube in your mouth, the other down the baby)
    almost forgot about that one actually did it once like that myself in an emergency
  13. by   stevierae
    Originally posted by P_RN
    Milk and Molasses enemas...work
    H2O2 and water enemas..work

    90/90 suspension for back pain......a 3'x3' padded piece of plywood suspended by chains from the four corners to the overbed frame. The hips would be @ 90 deg. as would the knees. Hard to keep patient's modesty intact.


    Bourbon and Bismuth mixture for Stage II skin. Had to stop some patients from eating it from the jar.

    MOM or Mylanta on heels to stop sheet burn.

    Sugardine (thickened Betadine and Sugar paste) for deep wounds and Stage II-III skin. I believe it worked in many cases.

    I have mixed many a MS tablet in sterile saline then used a glass syringe to inject it. At another hospital in town you had to go to the Supervisor at night so she could give you ONE MS tablet at time.

    Wangensteen suction.....two glass bottles, sections of rubber tubing on an inverting IV pole. It worked quite well.

    Placenta for skin graft coverage.
    Pig skin for the same.

    Bed shock blocks.....thank heavens for electric beds to Trendelenburg.

    Getting you patients' meds from a drug room, out of a community bottle there and documenting IN the nurses notes only. No MAR.
    Documenting meals was the same.

    Those were the bad/good old days.
    I have done every single one of those things, as recently as 1977, in the Navy. You are correct--a lot of them worked great.

    We never had unit doses; we calculated EVERYTHING by hand. I, too, remember crushing up MS tablets with a mortar and pestle, dissolving them in sterile injectable NS, and giving the resultant liquid IM or IV.

    I remember using shock blocks even WITH electric beds, to get even MORE Trendelenberg in shock or potential shock patients.

    Does anybody remember the old fashioned "blow bottles" used post-op? And the old glass Gomcos, for suction or wound drainage?

    Does anybody remember stopping premature labor by IV alcohol drip? Patient stayed drunk, contractions slowed or stopped?
    Last edit by stevierae on Sep 18, '02

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