Preemie/NICU-isms - page 5

Hi nurses, Would you please share your funny preemie/NICU pet names for things, like some of these for example: first attempt at breast-- "meet and greet" under oxyhood-- in da 'hood c-pap--... Read More

  1. by   Danianne
    sometimes eventhough my son is doing well and I am on my way to be a neonatal nurse I still get a little teary eyed when I think of such a little one "sprouting wings"
  2. by   alvardalton
    I guess as nurses we need to separate ourselves from the job as it is hard living and dying with each patient. We can however empathise, in some cases sympathise with our patients and their families.
  3. by   prmenrs
    Even though we joke and make up funny names of stuff doesn't mean we don't care. We would never say "sprouting wings" to parents, we would try to help them cope w/their situation, and if the baby is alone, we hold babies who are dying in a quiet place so that they will feel comfort and love as they go. Believe my, tears are shed when appropriate.

    When we make comments that are funny ways of explaining what we're doing, it seems to help parents relax. Most of the time what we're doing is not that bad, but parents don't know that. Making a little joke helps. De-intensifies NICU.

    Understanding the place nurses and docs are coming from when they say these things may help you, too, Danianne.
  4. by   Danianne
    love the sayings though, in our home town NICU there was this incubator/ warming table that was totally see through and the top was mechanical so they could lift it up and use the thingy as a warming table, anyways I told my husband that it looked like sleeping beauty's coffin. it really looked like one . a few days later a little 24 weeker Named Gabriella died in it so when ever I talk about that baby I call her princes snow white. I just totally hate seeing teeny babies die. But as a parent of a former Preemie I would not have minded if some one told me that my son had sprouted wings and flew awa. I feel that iff he had died that if some one came and told me that "your NBM has died" I would be more upset.
  5. by   Gompers
    Quote from Danianne
    love the sayings though, in our home town NICU there was this incubator/ warming table that was totally see through and the top was mechanical so they could lift it up and use the thingy as a warming table, anyways I told my husband that it looked like sleeping beauty's coffin. it really looked like one .
    That particular bed is called an Omnibed...but we call them "Cadillacs" instead, to each other and the parents. It's the top-of-the-line of all neonatal beds right now, and actually DOES cost as much as a Caddy.
  6. by   Deidre Shiobhan
    Quote from KRVRN
    Parents always think it's cute when I refer to an isolette as a condo. I don't know why, but they always seem to associate a baby in an "incubator" as somehow MUCH sicker than a baby on a warmer!

    I agree with u . The parents in my unit do share the same feelings too . We also refer the incubator as condo or bungalow . We refer to those babies who had desaturated and became dusky as " black chicken " . Note - this black chicken is often brewed with herbs and it is a tonic for health and vitality in the asia . other funny names include -

    phototherapy - sunbathing

    nil by mouth - puasa ( in Malay of course - I'm from a multi racial country )

    No offence pls , there are many others but can't think of it now .
  7. by   pooh54
    Quote from prmenrs
    High maintanence: a baby and/or parents that consume far greater than average amounts of the nurses time.

    Dumb Baby Syndrome: comes in different flavors: LGA baby w/low blood sugars who also refuses to eat enough to keep his blood sugar WNL; term baby who doesn't want to transition til he's been on O2, gotten a septic w/u, an IV, antibiotics, and scared his parents to death (the septic w/u will be negative); premies who should but don't eat or breathe on a regular basis.
    you've got this one! We called it stupid baby syndrome, phototx: tanning booth, squashed frog:opposite of positive butt sign,finally breathing for a living: babies who finally got it together,eating for a living:ditto. :
  8. by   Mommy2Katiebaby
    OMG, we were high maintenance AND my DD had dumb baby syndrome!
  9. by   NoCrumping
    Quote from Gompers
    That particular bed is called an Omnibed...but we call them "Cadillacs" instead, to each other and the parents. It's the top-of-the-line of all neonatal beds right now, and actually DOES cost as much as a Caddy.
    Are these the same as the "giraffe" beds?
  10. by   RN4NICU
    Quote from NoCrumping
    Are these the same as the "giraffe" beds?
    Yes - they are Giraffe Omni Beds
  11. by   Gompers
    Quote from NoCrumping
    Are these the same as the "giraffe" beds?
    They make two kinds - one is the Omnibed, which converts into a radiant warmer, and one is the regular Giraffe, which looks similar but is only an isolette, the top doesn't go up.

    If I remember correctly from the inservice the Ohmeda rep gave us...the Giraffe Omnibed is about $35,000 and the regular Giraffes are $17,000.
  12. by   NoCrumping
    Quote from Gompers
    They make two kinds - one is the Omnibed, which converts into a radiant warmer, and one is the regular Giraffe, which looks similar but is only an isolette, the top doesn't go up.

    If I remember correctly from the inservice the Ohmeda rep gave us...the Giraffe Omnibed is about $35,000 and the regular Giraffes are $17,000.

    The top does go up to convert to a warmer on ours......so I guess it is the same... I forgot for a sec that "Omnibed" was the "brand" name....I wonder why they call the isolette one a Giraffe also, as I remember the rep saying the name was in reference to the top going up, as in tall like a giraffes neck.....
  13. by   Gompers
    Quote from NoCrumping
    I wonder why they call the isolette one a Giraffe also, as I remember the rep saying the name was in reference to the top going up, as in tall like a giraffes neck.....
    Because they like to confuse us??? LOL!

    http://www.ohmedamedical.com/index.c...y&family_id=17

    There is the Giraffe Omnibed and the Giraffe Incubator. I really wish we had more Omnibeds - we only have one, and a handful of their incubators. I am so jealous of the units that have all Omnibeds, enough for the whole unit - where do they get that kind of money?!!? It would cost over 1 million dollars to get us that many!!!

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