i just read a thread asking about older nursing interventions and it made me think of the older techniques that we really did use before so many modern meds and procedures.
for a lower gi bleed we used to do strong tea enemas. the rational was the tannic acid in the tea helped constrict the small bleeders in the colon.
we also used maalox and methiolate for bed sores or a sugar and betadine mixture if it needed packing.
i also remember when patients were impacted and the doctors would order 3 h enemas.
of course i still remember glass iv bottles and metal bedpans. anyone else want to regress and reflect?