Nursing: Then and Now - page 17
Looking back to when I was in nursing school, and then starting my nursing career, I remember many things that are no longer in use, or things that have transformed over the years. Gone are the days... Read More
Dec 3, '16Quote from Kitigeryes I remember as I worked CCU in '72, we waited at least six weeks post Mi, to revascularize.....When I worked on the cardiac floor, we had a lot of patients admitted with chest pain/rule out MI. They were on cardiac monitors, and we kept them on bedrest with bathroom privileges. They were treated with oxygen, NitroPaste, Quinidine, etc, while we waited it out.
Now, we send them straight to the cath lab, and open up the arteries! They can come in with an acute MI and leave with no damage to the heart.
Dec 3, '16Quote from MbfromnbNot only did thermometers and sphygs have mercury in them, we used a needle and syringe to put liquid mercury into a rubber pouch at the end of a flexible ng tube and then wormed the pouch down a patient's nose and had them try to swallow it. It was called a Cantor tube and was meant to try to open a bowel obstruction. Now it sounds almost as bad as blood letting or using live leeches!
When end I worked Texas Heart Center, late seventies, post cv surgery monitored with cvp, art line, foley, and chest tubes, we had a formula on volume replacement, pending data from those measures, and we frequently did 24 hearts a day.....(no typo).....
Dec 3, '16Quote from amoLuciayes, most were the catholic hospital, diploma programs, as Hotel Dieu in Beaumont, Texas, St Joseph in Houston....I'd be curious what school of nursing they attended with those pointy caps. Anybody got a guess???
Now it would definitely be that infamous cap that got tangled up in curtains and hanging tubings.
Dec 3, '16Cleaning out boxes in my garage I found a brand new pair (worn twice) pair of Clinics. The nurse who bought them for me saw the size was my size, except in the candadian reading, not US. They're quite tight. But I did wear them, twice (as I said, sorry, pain meds on board).
Dec 3, '16We placed patients according to smoking or non smoking besides sex
Light therapy for decubes to dry them out I guess, just remember placing patients on their sides taping their crack open and shining a light on it
pre op prepping the night before
day shift preop shaving the top half of the open heart, pm shift shaving the bottom half
two visitors per patient and no one under 12
Gold standard five day stay post op total knee!
lidocaine drips on all the MIs