Unconventional Strange Treatments

  1. 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 been r/o, as well as she had tried evey treatment you can think of without relief. I mentioned it to the head WCN who advised we try banana peals. I used the banana peals by rubbing the inside of the peal on her skin where the rash was located. It worked!

    Thanks for your replies!
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  3. by   KP RN
    Archway cookies-- coconut macaroons for colitis and crohn's disease!!
    Miraculously stops diarrhea and abdominal cramps. The patient needs to eat 2 macaroon cookies each day...
    For some reason, they have to be made by the company, Archway. Coconut macaroons from other companies don't work!?!??
  4. by   Tweety
    Alochol pads under a patient's nose that is about to vomit. It's an old nurses tale I've heard works. A nurse tried it the other day while we were going to call the MD for an antiemetic, she didn't believe the nurse who told her to try it. Low and behold it worked.
  5. by   Agnus
    These are gems! Thanks.
  6. by   deespoohbear
    Originally posted by 3rdShiftGuy
    Alochol pads under a patient's nose that is about to vomit. It's an old nurses tale I've heard works. A nurse tried it the other day while we were going to call the MD for an antiemetic, she didn't believe the nurse who told her to try it. Low and behold it worked.
    I will definitely try that one, but I think I will put gloves on first just in case.....(I have got to learn how to post that puking smiley!!)
  7. by   obeyacts2
    I was caring for a retired nurse that told me Chloroform liniment worked to clean wounds that were infested with maggots- IKKKK!She worked in a place that got alot of "street people" as patients. I went home and wrote it down,,you never know when you might need an unconventional TX.

    Laura
  8. by   Agnus
    Originally posted by obeyacts2
    I was caring for a retired nurse that told me Chloroform liniment worked to clean wounds that were infested with maggots- IKKKK!She worked in a place that got alot of "street people" as patients. I went home and wrote it down,,you never know when you might need an unconventional TX.

    Laura
    Maggots debried dead tissue in wounds, if I'm not mistaken. Not necessairly a bad thing.
  9. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    Yes,

    Maggots only eat necrotic tissue and leave the viable granulation tissue.

    I think there are studies done with such a modality.

    An advantage over the conventional method of debridement isn't it? It's my understanding that conventional non-specific debridement would result in viable tissue being pulled out of the wound as well.
  10. by   WashYaHands
    I had a post partum C section who couldn't pee. She did not want to be cathed, and was very vocal about it. An LPN that I was working with told me to have her sit on the commode, crack a smelling salt and toss it into the commode hat. The patient ended up urinating 700 ml immediately afterward.
  11. by   RN2B2005
    Oil of peppermint (or anything strongly peppermint-y) under the nose for nausea.

    When I still worked as a veterinary technician, we had a family who came in and did a Shinto purifying ritual in the clinic prior to putting down their dog. Apparently this was to help him find his way in the afterlife; it was very beautiful, with incense, chanted prayers, and flowers, along with a special shroud for the dog's body after we put him down. The Shinto priest also blessed the veterinarian and myself and asked the dog's spirit to forgive us.
  12. by   cindyln
    Originally posted by 3rdShiftGuy
    Alochol pads under a patient's nose that is about to vomit. It's an old nurses tale I've heard works. A nurse tried it the other day while we were going to call the MD for an antiemetic, she didn't believe the nurse who told her to try it. Low and behold it worked.
    I have used to on patients with nausea and was surprised how it worked.Now I always have a pocket of alcohol pads with me.
  13. by   cindyln
    I had a c-section patient who couldn't pee and did not want to be cathed.The OB told me to have her sit on the toilet backwards.Wow it worked.SHe voided 800cc!
  14. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    From Washyahands
    I had a post partum C section who couldn't pee. She did not want to be cathed, and was very vocal about it. An LPN that I was working with told me to have her sit on the commode, crack a smelling salt and toss it into the commode hat. The patient ended up urinating 700 ml immediately afterward
    Smelling salts: Ammonium carbonate/aromatizing ammonia
    Contacts the mucos membranes "down yonder" and .................what?

    Stimulates free nerve endings?

    Creates hypertonic condition in the distal tissue?

    Uhmmmm? That's interesting.

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