Worst nursing proceedure ever.... - page 6

OK c'mon fess up everyone. There is ONE absolute most worst nursing proceedure that everyone can't stand to do, but you have to when the time arises...what turns your stomach and ties it in a knot... Read More

  1. by   kids
    Originally posted by c.wicks
    ...I could feel something.....a bubbling, crackling movement, just under the skin.....
    And then I heard a rustling sound....something sinister was lurking below...
    AACCCKKKK!

    Tell us...what it was.

    I have to go to work in the morning!
  2. by   char_future_RN
    Originally posted by nilepoc
    Maggots??????????

    if so, thats pretty bad.
    That's what I was thinking it was and that's why I said I had to know or I'd always be wondering. And if it is....omg! I never even imagined stuff like that, ER does nothing for real life nurses...lol
  3. by   ShortFuse_LPN
    We have a resident in my LTC who has had a CVA which has cause her to drool quite a bit. I can't stand the smell.....REALLY gags me. But the worst thing for me would have to be the lovely residents who take their teeth out in the dining room or those who want to hand them to you......blech!!!!
  4. by   semstr
    I think that bubbling, cracking might have been gasgangreen?
    Had a patient with that once, I'll never forget that sound, smell, feeling and look!
  5. by   LPNtoBSNstudent
    Definately think gas gangrene with the bubbling and crackling....that is my guess too. Strange.
    Come on! Tell us what it is!

    My vote for most disgusting is trach care. Can't stand it.
  6. by   NS_RN
    Disempaction is my ultimate worst....always double glove now, especially since that time my glove broke!Ewwww.
    Trach care ranks right up there too.
    I vote for gas gangrene re:c.wicks story!
  7. by   NICUNURSE
    You see, I can handle puke, mucous, blood, trach care, etc. You can throw anything like that at me, but please DO NOT ask me to take care of a pt. with any kind of nasty skin condition. AAAHHHH!!!. I once had a pt. ( a homeless man) who's skin was so dry that it was just peeling off. But to make matters worse, he would just sit there in bed, and peel his skin off. And I don't mean little peices, but big strips! So I walk into his room and there's all these peices of something on the floor. So of course, I take a closer look and discover, it's his skin. GROSS!!!!!!!!!!
  8. by   mrnurse2u
    Originally posted by 3rdShiftGuy
    Sputum and trachs don't bother me a bit. Poop is not to bad either, and I have disimpacted more patients than I can count. I love to NT suction patients.

    But I can't stand being around a drunk patient that vomits. I usually have to leave..."um, excuse me while I go get some towels".
    That's a tough one! A tip I learned was to always carry
    a little jar of Vick's vaporub. Put some on your upper
    lip and keep on workin'.
  9. by   Furball
    Originally posted by c.wicks
    Get out your barf-bags and I'll try to finish this story.

    .....the smell

    ___________________
    I'm sorry, my son just came in and is bugging me to take him to the store. We've been snowed in for the last three days and I guess it's time to slide down this mountain for a supply run.

    I will return.....C.
    Hey man! Stop hiking the A.T. and finish the story!

    AHHHHHHH...I'm gonna die of curiosity!!! :
  10. by   NurseJacky
    I'm a Nursing Assistant who is starting Nursing school in March and I will have to say that sputum is the worst for me. I can handle anything else thrown at me (even literally, lol), but cannot stomach loogies!
  11. by   JohnnyGage
    Originally posted by nilepoc
    Butt Pus is the worst
    "Butt pus" Hmmm.... I think I found the new name for my band...
  12. by   JohnnyGage
    I had a woman who had to have an emergency thoracotomy because of her perferated esophagus. They put chest tubes in and got kernals of corn and carrots out of her pleural space!

    That's not the bad part, though.

    She was vented and had raging sinusitis. Not only was I suctioning green goop out of her ET tube, but out of her nose as well. Finally I gave in and stuck a suction catheter way up her nose and pulled out several golf-ball sized chunks of bright green mucus!

    I still have nightmares about that. Blech!
  13. by   kids
    BTW...I know something that has always worked better for me than Vicks and is much less less obvious to everyone that you are trying to cover a smell: Pop 1 or 2 Altoids in your mouth and suck on them for a minute to get them going good them hold them between your teeth (so they don't burn your tongue) and breathe thru you mouth (be careful not to breathe to deep...the vapors can cause a bronchiospasm).

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