Nursing Hx:Share Oldtime Ineffective tx's? - page 6

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   stevierae
    Originally posted by prn nurse


    Getting cardiac outputs with saline "iced down" in 5 cc syringes.
    Isn't that still done? I remember doing that in the '90s--used to have a whole plastic graduate filled with crushed ice; in it would be syringes of injectable NS that you had drawn up and refrigerated. Isn't that still protocol for a Swan, to get cardiac outputs? What is recommended practice now?
  2. by   Furball
    [QUOTE]Originally posted 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.
    [/QUOTE


    Uh-oh...we STILL do that but with 10cc syringes. I'm new to ICU....that isn't done anymore with iced NS?
  3. by   stevierae
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by Furball
    Originally posted by prn nurse
    Getting cardiac outputs with saline "iced down" in 5 cc syringes. [/QUOTE


    Uh-oh...we STILL do that but with 10cc syringes. I'm new to ICU....that isn't done anymore with iced NS?
    Read my post above yours, Furball---I thought we did, too. We used, and still use, iced NS in 10 cc syringes to get cardiac outputs through a Swan--doesn't EVERYONE?

    Are Furball and I the only ones utilizing an obsolete practice?
  4. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Don't know how I missed this thread? After 4 years, I still consider myself a newbie of sorts, and haven't really got anything to share. But man, some of these are hilarious!

    I have heard about suctioning infants using your own, er, suction. Totally repulsive!

    We still hand out donuts on our unit, and I've never understood why. Just doesn't make sense to me that that is beneficial, but as Mark said, the customer (mom) is always right.

    Heather
  5. by   Sjackson983
    I haven't iced cardiac output syringes for 16 years. We use a continuous system that has the D5W tubing and syringe all hooked up to the swan. We never have to disconnect anything.
  6. by   KP RN
    Anybody still use gentian violet??
    How bout breaking needles after giving injections??
  7. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by KP RN
    Anybody still use gentian violet??
    How bout breaking needles after giving injections??
    dunno if anyone still uses gentian violet....
    but breaking needles???are you nutz?!?!?!!?!??!
  8. by   sjsap
    Breaking needles is something the VNA taught my dad to do with his B12 syringes after use- back in the 70s! Then he go a "fancy" needle cutter- the kind of contraption you insert the needle up to the hub and squeeze a lever to cut the sharp off. He died a couple of years ago and was still using the thing at the time. I haven't seen gentian violet in a long time- can't even remeber what it was used for. Back in the middle 90s we had a plastic surgeon who used leeches on her breast reduction patients if they developed hematomas that threatened the grafted nipples- luckily for us staff nurses, she applied them and stayed with the patient until she removed them- we never had to deal with them hands-on! Nasty things. We also had a urologist who INSISTED that the foley drainage tubes of his patients be filled with h2o2 after emptying the bags- he would bring the nurse to the bedside and have a mental meltdown if the port was empty! A complete whacko. He also had us use the red stuff- like betadine but not- for foley cath care- can't remember what the stuff is called, but the patients looked like they were bleeding around the foleys. Oh the wonders of modern medicine!
  9. by   sunnygirl272
    yeah, i know people still break their own needles, and i know there are devices to break/cut/cremate/nuke/destroy/etc needles for the public...and household medical waste is not regulated, unfortunately...but a nurse, breaking needles in this day and age?!?!?!?

    ach,,,i hope not anymore!!!!
  10. by   mamabear
    Yes, I'm one of the few remaining outlaws who breaks needles. My cheapskate employer has been extremely slow in getting safety syringes. We still don't have them for insulin or PPD's, which RN's must give, but that's another story.:chuckle
  11. by   valk
    I remember mixing chemo on the med cart. I used to double glove & double gown to protect my chromosomes.
    The adriamycin vials had so much pressure they would always spray when I took the needle out.
    Today I was cleaning out a cabinet and found this strange machine. It was stainless steel with a tray inside holding 3 disks wrapped in wax paper. They were @ 3" across & 1/4" thick @ are raised & lowered by a handle on the outside of the box. Has anyone ever seen such a thing? If you have, please tell me what it could be.
  12. by   boggle
    OOOH Vlak, a mystery! Can you give any more descriptive information? About how big? How deep? Did you unwrap the discs?

    you have piqued my curiosity
  13. by   valk
    Shiny stainless steel box about 18" long 5"front to back & 8" high with a cloth covered cord to plug it in. When you raise the handle on the right side the lid opens and there is a perforated tray with the three disks on it side by side. It looks like they would be lowered into the box when the lid is closed. It has a name plate on the front but I don't remember what it said. I think it started with an M. I can check tomorrow. Do you think you know what it is?

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