You know you're Old School when... - page 6

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  ~Mi Vida Loca~RN profile page
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    Quote from Pepper The Cat



    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.
    Oh I see. Thanks for explaining.
  2. Visit  ghillbert profile page
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    Quote from Pepper The Cat



    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.
    Ah yes, Charnley pillows. Remember them and the CPM (continuous passive movement) machine for post op TKRs.
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  3. Visit  morte profile page
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    Quote from canoehead
    The baby bus that came rolling down from the nursery to the postpartum unit , with room for 10 babies all wailing to be fed on schedule. Moms were made to do 10am, 2pm and 8pm care, otherwise they could leave the babies with the nurses because they needed their rest.

    Working an isolation unit without disposable gloves. Having immune suppressed patients and contagious rooms side by side and with the same nurse. We handwashed religiously after coming out of every room, every time. And had the lowest infection rate in the hospital.
    hear ye, hear ye
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  4. Visit  Indy profile page
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    Quote from midwest4me
    how totally sad(and unkind)that had to have been. glad i didn't work peds back then; never could've done that.

    anyone remember using granulex spray on decubs? gosh, i sure do. it had an oddly reassuring smell....wonder if it's even made anymore....

    we used "bag balm"(came in a green square tin originally intended for cow teets) on most all incontinent pts--worked great-as long as the nurses and aides were faithfully applying it! the urine just ran right off the butts with that stuff on it---like water that beads up on a freshly waxed car!

    i also recall the "painting" (i.e.,use of milk of magnesia then applying the heat lamp after taping the buttocks either to the side rail or up on to itself)--in fact, i recall how aghast i was when i watched the rn i worked with train me to do that treatment. it worked though!
    we use granulex at my facility! it's now known as trypsin balcast and the little green spray can says tbc on it. it works!
  5. Visit  NurseNinaFla profile page
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    Wow these shared memories make me feel like a spring chicken!..I do remember metal bedpans though..yikes!.. I read somewhere,something about nurses duties in the 18th century I believe, when they had to shovel coal light the furnaces,mop floors etc..before they even started their shift! If I ever run across the article again I will share it here..and the pay was nearly nothing!
  6. Visit  emnicams profile page
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    As a new nurse (2 years experience), I'm horrified by the no gloves thing. Did you... did you..... have to give a suppository with no gloves?!? OMG!
  7. Visit  retiredlady profile page
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    No, you could use a glove for that, lol.
  8. Visit  dianah profile page
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    Finger cots.
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  9. Visit  CBsMommy profile page
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    I spoke with my grandmother who was a nurse way back when. She remembers having to make baby formula from evaporated milk! She also stated that in her day they needed to clean everything. They didn't have "this thing" called housekeeping. Our family has used bag balm for everything for as long as I can remember! Bag balm rocks!!!

    Although I wasn't a nurse way back when, it seems the patient got better care than they do today. I know that technology has been a good thing (overall) but I really wish that we had time to sit and really talk to the patient. I hardly see that at clinicals. Thanks to all of you nurses out there that have stuck it out! It's great to hear these old stories!
  10. Visit  Ruby Vee profile page
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    Quote from emnicams
    as a new nurse (2 years experience), i'm horrified by the no gloves thing. did you... did you..... have to give a suppository with no gloves?!? omg!
    we used finger cots -- a glove for one finger. i did lose one once, though . . . .
  11. Visit  Not_A_Hat_Person profile page
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    Quote from ghillbert
    Ah yes, Charnley pillows. Remember them and the CPM (continuous passive movement) machine for post op TKRs.
    I graduated in 2008, and my last clinical was at a hospital that used CPMs.
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  12. Visit  bradleau profile page
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    Banana bag is the IV fluid that has all the vitamins and such....it looks yellow. Sort of a TPN bag but a set amount of chemicals. The cups for Prostate surgery patients is so each time they voided, you can see if the urine is clearing....less bloody in appearence.
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  13. Visit  RetiredTooSoon profile page
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    Quote from midwest4me
    we used "bag balm"(came in a green square tin originally intended for cow teets) on most all incontinent pts--worked great-as long as the nurses and aides were faithfully applying it! the urine just ran right off the butts with that stuff on it---like water that beads up on a freshly waxed car!
    there is still a product called bag balm; i know a few moms of babies who use it on their nipples and on baby's bottom.

    this wouldn't have been used in hospital, but watkins has a product that came in a bright pink metal tin that was similar to our polysporin or mecca ointment. it had some fancy name, but we called it cow tit salve-that was apparently its initial use and when farmers saw how it helped the sores on their cows' udders, they tried it on human skin. or so grandma told me, anyway. *shrugs* i do know it had a nice scent and it definitely seemed to help sores heal.

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