You know you're Old School when... - page 5

Oh dear I really have set myself off on a trip down memory lane!! Recently a doctor called me "very old school" I think it was meant as a complement but unsurprisingly I was horrified but to be fair... Read More

  1. Visit  retiredlady profile page
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    My mother remembers mixing (really beating) infant formula in a kitchen on the floor (very sterile), boiling equipment for 20 minutes to sterilize (needles, tube, etc.) Iv's not in veins but placed under the skin (like big infiltrates), iron lungs, no air conditioning.
  2. Visit  Pepper The Cat profile page
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    Determining glucose levels by testing the urine. We would put the urine in a test tube then add a pill. Urine would change colour and you would determine glucose level by mathing the colour of the urine to a chart. I remember standing there desperately trying to match the colours up.

    Croup tents

    Humdified O2.

    Huge pillows placed between the legs of pts with hip replacements. Kept their legs spread far apart. You needed 2 nurses to turn because the pillows were so big.

    Smoking in the nursing station. Pts smoking in their rooms. I remember one pt was a quad and had some special apparatus to hold his cigarette - as a student I would have to put the cigaette in and light it. The first time I could not get the lighter to light - the next day my two smoking friends spent their break teaching me how to light a lighter!
  3. Visit  K+MgSO4 profile page
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    Quote from Libitina
    You lot should come work for the NHS. We still have a lot of the things that you miss. Flat sheets, nurses calculating drugs and mixing iv's, no 24hr pharmacy, 18 bed wards, cardex, no aircon...etc....etc....
    Not so much the 18 bed wards but everything else including metal bedpans and drip rate calculations still happen in both Ireland and in the center of excellence that I now work in in Australia! post op sponge for all major surgeries the first evening if they cannot SOOB and onto a shower chair.
    but then on the bright side I work in state(Victoria) with ratios for public hospitals 1 RN for 4 pt

    And the banana bag correct me if I am wrong is a bag of NS with Pabarnix 1 & 11 added to it turning it yellow......a Iv infusion given to alcoholics daily for 3 days on admission to the ward to replace vitamins and minerals lost by their poor diet. Combined with up to 40mg librium QID for DTs (this was happening 2 years ago in a hospital in Ireland!!)
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  4. Visit  Moogie profile page
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    Quote from Pepper The Cat
    Smoking in the nursing station. Pts smoking in their rooms. I remember one pt was a quad and had some special apparatus to hold his cigarette - as a student I would have to put the cigaette in and light it. The first time I could not get the lighter to light - the next day my two smoking friends spent their break teaching me how to light a lighter!
    That is something I do not miss from the "good old days". I'm a non-smoker but sometimes after a shift, my clothes and hair smelled like I'd been in a singles' bar for eight hours. And that was from the patients who smoked.

    Honestly, the staff members I knew who smoked the most were the respiratory therapists! Go figure!
  5. Visit  Nepenthe Sea profile page
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    Quote from Karenmaire
    And the banana bag correct me if I am wrong is a bag of NS with Pabarnix 1 & 11 added to it turning it yellow......a Iv infusion given to alcoholics daily for 3 days on admission to the ward to replace vitamins and minerals lost by their poor diet. Combined with up to 40mg librium QID for DTs (this was happening 2 years ago in a hospital in Ireland!!)
    Thank you so much for explaining the banana bag. I really wondered what that was!
  6. Visit  mustlovepoodles profile page
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    Quote from retiredlady
    Iv's not in veins but placed under the skin (like big infiltrates).
    Clysis.

    Who remembers nurses wearing starched white dresses with belt at the waist, started high hat, hard Clinic shoes,and the blue & red wool cape? OH, and you never left home without your school pin.
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  7. Visit  BanoraWhite profile page
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    My teacher once told me that back in her day that to test for any UTI's, the nurses would boil the urine, and if it congealed, it meant infection was present ? Yikes.
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  8. Visit  liebling5 profile page
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    Quote from Cul2
    "String of cups on all males who just had prostate surgery..."

    Would somebody explain this?
    That was to see the progression of urine from reddish to pink-tinged.
  9. Visit  abbaking profile page
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    Harris flush and a rotating enema

    Buck's Traction

    open wards - some rooms with up to 12 beds - bathrooms where in the main hallway

    When visiting hours were over - Visitors HAD to leave (no if's, and's, or but's)

    MD order for immediate family to stay with dying patient - friend's or significant others were NOT allowed

    Mrs/Ms/Mr/Dr/Student - NO first names ever or get a nasty talking to

    Patient TV's could be turned off and removed if the patient did not follow room rules (Yes, there was a time when patients actually had to follow the rules!).

    Using sugar on pressure ulcers

    Melting the soap bars that other patients had used during a bath to later be used for orthopedic patients needing SSE (soap suds enema's)

    In the days before accuchecks, the MD would taste the urine to see if a patient was hyperglycemic
  10. Visit  Moogie profile page
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    Quote from abbaking
    In the days before accuchecks, the MD would taste the urine to see if a patient was hyperglycemic
    There is a very funny scene about this in the movie Young Doctors in Love, which, BTW, was filmed in the early 1980s during the heyday of General Hospital.

    I remember the old enema cans. Ah, 'twas better to give than receive....
  11. Visit  Pepper The Cat profile page
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    When visiting hours were over - Visitors HAD to leave (no if's, and's, or but's)
    I miss this. I already got flamed once for saying this but - our unit was on outbreak precautions for 1 1/2 weeks. No visitors permitted (except for 2 very sick pts) and it was heaven. The pts rang less and we could actually get work done without having to work around visitors.
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  12. Visit  ~Mi Vida Loca~RN profile page
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    Quote from Pepper The Cat
    Determining glucose levels by testing the urine. We would put the urine in a test tube then add a pill. Urine would change colour and you would determine glucose level by mathing the colour of the urine to a chart. I remember standing there desperately trying to match the colours up.

    Croup tents

    Humdified O2.

    Huge pillows placed between the legs of pts with hip replacements. Kept their legs spread far apart. You needed 2 nurses to turn because the pillows were so big.


    Smoking in the nursing station. Pts smoking in their rooms. I remember one pt was a quad and had some special apparatus to hold his cigarette - as a student I would have to put the cigaette in and light it. The first time I could not get the lighter to light - the next day my two smoking friends spent their break teaching me how to light a lighter!
    Do they not do this anymore? I know we humidify the O2 a lot and do the pillows to keep from adduction.
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  13. Visit  Pepper The Cat profile page
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    Humdified O2.

    Huge pillows placed between the legs of pts with hip replacements. Kept their legs spread far apart. You needed 2 nurses to turn because the pillows were so big.

    Smoking in the nursing station. Pts smoking in their rooms. I remember one pt was a quad and had some special apparatus to hold his cigarette - as a student I would have to put the cigaette in and light it. The first time I could not get the lighter to light - the next day my two smoking friends spent their break teaching me how to light a lighter!Do they not do this anymore? I know we humidify the O2 a lot and do the pillows to keep from adduction.

    We stopped using Humdified O2 after SARS. An occaisionaly pt will have, but most don't.

    We do use regular pillows- but these were enourmous abductor pillows. Basically, the pt's legs were kept completely spread apart. Think spreak Eagle width. They were very uncomfortable.


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