yeah you have to get your hands (& your uniform
) dirty - you dont just order someone else to do it.
You get to handle all the parts of the body & all the fluids & stuff that go with it. Then you get to measure it, describe it & record it before you clean it up. Thats why they make those nice little gloves for us & those masks with the plastic eye shield protectors.
Heres a couple of hints:
If you have a pt with a GI bleed, keep your masks handy & wear a disposable cover over your uniform.
Masks also come in handy for when you have pts with bugs like C.diff, MRSA, or pseudomonas.
If you are intubating a pt, have the suction ready & stand back.
If you are inserting an NG tube, keep the outside end clamped or stand back
When you are giving someone charcoal for his OD, just stand back.
If youve given a pt kaexylate for his high K+ level, or lactulose for his high ammonia level, watch where you step around that bedside.
Keep the room windows closd - especially in warm weather..... unless you'd like the experience of utilizing maggots for wound care or suctioning them out of pts ETT tubes.
(after that one, our hospital had the fire dept bolt all the windows shut!)