The Hospital Spa - page 2

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I was working in the ICU the other day and was in a patient's room preparing to perform a procedure. Some family members were there visiting and were about to leave. One of the visitors said to the patient, "Enjoy yourself... Read More


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    Grrr.
    I would have laughed and said something like "Gee...don't get your hopes up, we are a hospital. I'd love to provide 1:1 care and fluff pillows and stuff, but I actually got sick people to take care of...." and laugh again.

    Now...on the other hand, I told everyone that I would enjoy my stay at the hospital for baby #4 and I would stay the full 48 hrs if able to. Now, I'm the type of person that never rang her call bell (even when I should have) but enjoyed my stay just for the fact that I wasn't at home, running after 3 other kids, making meals etc. By no means was it a "spa vacation" I guess if I actually took the percocets, it could have been. LOL
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    Quote from bluehenrn
    at our spa, we cater to your needs and tastes. our drips come in a variety of flavors - insulin, dobutamine and heparin, just to name a few! your veins won't know what hit them...and neither will you, thanks to your very own ativan protocol! you may desire a martini, but your body won't know the difference...just as you won't be able to tell the difference between a los angeles day spa and our hospital! push a button, we come running to your side...try to get out your bed and a magical alarm brings us to your side...go into a heart rhythm incompatible with life and we will be there!
    jess
    in white bikinis!!!
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    Quote from jlsRN
    I always thought it might be relaxing to have a few days with a remote control and a morphine PCA! Just a little vacation from reality would be nice now and then.
    I was thinking just the other day how nice it must be to be one of those celebrities that checks themselves into the hospital for 'exhaustion'...like it's some sort of SPA where they can recharge their batteries.

    I know they're actually there for other reasons they don't want made public, but I always wonder how many people hear that and really do think you can go to a hospital just to relax?
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    During one of my first shifts volunteering on an oncology floor, another volunteer and I were getting various items for a newly admitted patient: emesis basin, gown, towels, lotion, etc.... When we came into the room, she said she would really love a back massage! Luckily for me, the other volunteer immediately put on gloves and started the massage! I made a quick exit to go see if any IV alarms were going off that the nurses would need to know about.....

    I'm more than happy to shave sick patients who are unable to do so, feed patients, bring fresh water, warm blankets, etc.... but give massages??? What's next, pedicures?
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    Back in the day, you're butt would be on the line if you didn't give your patient a back massage. Nowadays, there isn't enough time to do such a thing.
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    Actually, sometimes there IS time for a short backrub. I give them sometimes. People get uncomfortable lying in bed for so long. I think a backrub is a good part of holistic care.
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    Quote from jlsRN
    Actually, sometimes there IS time for a short backrub. I give them sometimes. People get uncomfortable lying in bed for so long. I think a backrub is a good part of holistic care.

    I give them more in ICU than I did when I worked in progressive care. Sometimes having two patients is lovely. I love doing total care. The CNAs get upset with me because they'll set a time to bath a patient with me so they can help and by the time they get there, I'm already done with it.
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    Quote from MisterSimba
    During one of my first shifts volunteering on an oncology floor, another volunteer and I were getting various items for a newly admitted patient: emesis basin, gown, towels, lotion, etc.... When we came into the room, she said she would really love a back massage! Luckily for me, the other volunteer immediately put on gloves and started the massage! I made a quick exit to go see if any IV alarms were going off that the nurses would need to know about.....

    I'm more than happy to shave sick patients who are unable to do so, feed patients, bring fresh water, warm blankets, etc.... but give massages??? What's next, pedicures?
    massages, or therapeutic touch, is actually part of nursing school. That would be as a means to relieve pain or reduce tension for a sick person, though, in my opinion. Or a woman in labor, and I would have to be the one to offer, not the other way around. That's just a little creepy.
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    Don't forget your 4 AM wake up call to the tune of lab..ABG's and then a nice chest xray to top it all off!
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    Sounds like to me that the person that said it had never been in the hospital for anything!

    Actually, it's amazing how difficult it is for people to find something to say in a stressful situation. Bless them for trying.

    Now, having said that, I too would have said something back in a joking manner.


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