Unconventional Strange Treatments - page 5

What is the strangest and most unconventional treatment you have ever given for you patient? Did it work? I had a HHC patient who had a terrible itchy rash. She had it for months and many dg had... Read More

  1. by   imn2nursing
    Purple, I too had to do leech therapy on a guys finger. He ended up losing it anyway, but it was neat. Freaky at first, but neat. Everybody, from all the other floors came to check it out like we all do when something is just WEIRD.
  2. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    :uhoh21: Oh Joyful...................where's the acknowledgement of understanding?
    I'm not going to just let this go. I want to know what you meant by "hostile" and explain it, or acknowledge the misunderstanding.

    It's not fair to lable a post that way without a reason. You don't need me to approve of it certainly, but you do need one.
  3. by   Sleepyeyes
    Originally posted by semstr
    , onions on the thorax with thick flanel (know what that is?) sheets against the coughing for kids with pertussis (plus the moist, moist moist!!!!!)
    my mom told me that I had whooping cough when I was less than 3 months old, and that my grandmother finally did this treatment to my chest, and that was the turning point.

    I always assumed that was why I hatedhatedhated raw onions as a child
  4. by   AlaskaKat
    My husband and I had fertility issues and it took us a very long time to conceive our son. The second time around I was hesitant to go straight back to clomid hell and the other fertility woes and did some other investigating first... We both took plain robitussin (an expectorant, it thins your secretions so you can cough... it thins all kinds of secretions...) 2 tsp BID for about 10 days before ovulation. My doctor thinks we're crazy but I am 8 weeks pregnant!
  5. by   mopsi
    This one has worked without fail for me..when someone is suffering from hicups..a spoon of sugar under the tongue stops em..Now of course you can not do this with diabetics..and NO nutrasweet does't work...PS..Peeps has posted along time and hostile has never been a theme....I bet if the pharmaceutical companies were to see these posts they would try to crash the board..keep the great tips coming..
  6. by   Navy1Nurse
    Our Pharmacy, has a Leech Tank, I've seen them used a few times on the MED surg wards, But NEVER in the NICU where I happen to work...
    It really freaked me out the first time I saw it....

    Here's a Little HX....

    The medicinal leech, Hirudo medicinalis, has been used increasingly for relief of venous congestion, especially for salvage of compromised pedicled flaps and microvascular free-tissue transfer, digital re-implantation, and breast reconstruction. Leech therapy for compromised flaps is best used early since flaps demonstrate significantly decreased survival after 3 hours if venous congestion is not relieved. If venous pooling occurs around a flap or replant, the skin becomes cyanotic, cool, and hard. If capillary refill time (CRT) remains more than 3 seconds the flap or replant will not survive. The objective of leech therapy is for the affected area to become pink and warm, with a CRT of less than 2 seconds.

    When leeches begin feeding, they inject salivary components (e.g., hirudin) that inhibit both platelet aggregation and the coagulation cascade. This results in a marked relief of venous congestion. The anti-coagulant causes the bite to ooze for up to 48 hours following detachment, further relieving venous congestion. By feeding for 10 to 60 minutes, leeches consume from 1 to 2 teaspoons of blood.Results from clinical studies showed that the success rate of salvaging tissue with medicinal leech therapy is 70 to 80%.
    Last edit by Navy1Nurse on Dec 15, '02
  7. by   kimmicoobug
    I was told to put the insides of a cigarrette on bee stings when I was a kid....not exactly sure what that was supposed to do....
  8. by   Agnus
    Originally posted by kimmicoobug
    I was told to put the insides of a cigarrette on bee stings when I was a kid....not exactly sure what that was supposed to do....
    Tea, that REAL TEA is astriginent. Maybe tobacco is too that would help draw out the toxin. Ofcourse cigarette tobacco has other things in it besides tobacco. It has saltpeter which is why cigaretts unlike pipe tobacco continues to burn when the smoker is not drawing on it. Maybe it is the saltpeter. I think that may be a poltice that was once used to draw out toxins too.

    (herbs have been a long time study interest for me long before becomming a nurse. )
  9. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    Thank you Mopsi:kiss
  10. by   TiddlDwink
    Originally posted by JoyfulNurse
    Can you believe this one!


    Appy table honey to wound and change every day. Within one week wound is clean with no drainage. Wound bed has good blood flow. Infection is gone. W/o Oral abo's.
    Last edit by TiddlDwink on Dec 18, '02
  11. by   TiddlDwink
    When I was in nursing school (over 30 years ago), my instructor gave a 2-day lecture on treatment of decubiti. She said: attention to protein in the diet, exercise (especially to the wound area) to increase circulation, and sugar in the wound! Used this treatment soon after graduation, and it really works! Patient was 15yo with ruptured cerebral aneurism. Practically vegged. But his Stage 4 decub cleared up!
  12. by   sanakruz
    I would like to know what thick flanel is. I would assume it's a fabric...
    I have seen oil of peppermint used to make women and children void if a little is placed in a bedside commode.
    I have also seen sugar relieve hiccups by placing a spoon full in a closed mouth til dissloved.
    Thanks for that informative post about leeches,fascinating. I will keep it in mind if I ever need a reattachment for me and mine!
  13. by   Agnus
    Yes it is a fabric. Thick flannel is thicker than what we are used to seeing and is brushed on both sides. That means it has the fluff on both sides. Most flannel expecially today is thin and brushed on one side. I think you can get it from Nancy's Notions Look for her in your search engine. Ask for thick double fleased flannel.

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