Saw my first disempaction yesterday!

  1. I know this is silly, but I saw my first disempaction yesterday and I nearly lost my lunch (well, the little I'd had time to eat before being called away). How do you handle these things? Strangely enough, someone could be ripped open and bleeding to death in front of me and I'm fine, but when it comes to BM and phlegm, I gag instantly! I hope I never have to do a disempaction of my own and never have to suction again! :imbar
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  2. 48 Comments

  3. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    I think after awhile, you just get used to it.
    Suctioning a trach still gets to me, though. I don't think I'll ever get used to that.
  4. by   Disablednurse
    I used to work with a nurse that just could not handle suctioning someone, it just would really gag her. I could not stand vomit, if I have to help a patient with that, I need my own pan to be sick in. When this nurse and I worked together, she would help anyone who had to vomit and I would do the suctioning. It worked out wonderfully.
  5. by   Tweety
    Not much bothers me. I've done more impactions that I care to admit to. But I can get up from lunch, do an impaction, then go back to lunch without a problem. All the while during lunching giving a blow by blow account of the impaction. (If the patient has been on our unit for a while, I get very angry and self-righteous that the patient was allowed to get impacted in the first place.)
  6. by   P_RN
    Just remember disimpact others as you would like to be disimpacted yourself.
  7. by   ChainedChaosRN
    NG's...no way can't do it. Barf! I gotta list that in my advance directives...stay away from my nose!

    I guess that's another topic...but just had to say that.
  8. by   Katnip
    I guess everybody has something that gets to him or her. Me, it's eyeballs-anything stuck in or around them gives me vertigo. Thinking about it it does. Ick.

    And don't remind my kids about this but for some very bizarre reason, pulling elbow skin just freaks me out. Glad I don't have to do it as part of any procedure.
  9. by   Flynurse
    This is gonna sound wierd. I like doing trach care, I guess because I was one of very few people who passed the demonstration the first time in school.
    BUT...I absolutely detest the thick crusty/gooey gross phlegm. The suction sound just gets to me every time!
  10. by   Mint Julip
    I'm with you on that cyberkat. Nothing worse than eyes with a whole bunch of crud stuck in the corners. Blech!!!!
  11. by   reyna
    our patients ALL have trach and ALL needed to be suctioned a few times q S. working in a subacute unit, it's really very important that every output they do, i know. so you see, nothing bothers me much....except when it comes to my son.
  12. by   PerkyCardiacRN
    Originally posted by cyberkat
    I guess everybody has something that gets to him or her. Me, it's eyeballs-anything stuck in or around them gives me vertigo. Thinking about it it does. Ick.
    I can suction...no problem. Worked 4 years with vented/trached pts.

    Just keep the eyeballs away from me...especially the prostetic (sp?) ones.
  13. by   renerian
    I just got used to it I guess.

    renerian
  14. by   Silicone
    Originally posted by PerkyCardiacRN
    Just keep the eyeballs away from me...especially the prostetic (sp?) ones.
    My Dad has had a fake eye since he was 6 years old,
    playing "war" and throwing rocks (pretending they were
    grenades).

    I got into *SUCH* trouble when I was a kid by bragging
    to my friends about how *my* dad could take his eye out
    and when they didn't believe me - well, I went and got it
    and showed it to them. (hehehe) Grossed them all out
    and one went home crying and told their mom. (sigh)

    This was back when they were made of glass and quite
    heavy. Dad would come home from work, pop out his
    "eye", leave it on the bathroom sink in a small ashtray,
    and put on the black eyepatch. He got a plastic one
    a long time ago and says it's a major improvement.

    I can spot one a mile away.

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