Toaster troubles... - page 2

Hi everyone, A couple of years ago, we had a toaster oven in our unit. One night someone accidentally left a pot holder under it and it caught fire. After that incident, ALL toaster ovens AND... Read More

  1. by   baseline
    All our nursing units have coffee pots, hot pots, and microwaves, toasters. We have a crock pot in our office and we have Soup Thursdays....
  2. by   layna
    HI Everyone,

    Thanks for letting me know what you all have out there! We really miss having toast in the unit for the patients. It is a real pain to have to leave the unit and go downstairs to the cafeteria to make it. I love the idea of having a sign "personnell MUST remain in attendance at all times when appliance is in use! "Maybe our risk manager would let us have a toaster again with that sign? I will ask her on Monday...wish me luck!


    The crockpot idea is awesome! Does the dietary department provide the soup or do nurses bring it from home?


    Thanks again!
  3. by   canoehead
    We had a toaster, and a coffeepot, but they took it away when the maintenance guys said we needed an "industrial grade" one and it cost $300. Eventually the NM sprang for it, and frankly I don't see any extra safety features. What a waste.
  4. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by layna
    The crockpot idea is awesome! Does the dietary department provide the soup or do nurses bring it from home?
    Dietary provides it! It's really more than a crock pot, it's a comercial looking thing that holds probably 2-3 gallons of soup. They bring us up a second pot at dinner time.

    Heather
  5. by   layna
    Thanks, Heather!

    I will have to find out if our dietary department would do that for us!
  6. by   cpgrn
    What a great idea! Soup, available anytime!
  7. by   Mimi2RN
    We have microwaves on all the units, toasters or toaster ovens in some places. Popcorn can only be made in the cafeteria, r/t overcooked popcorn that burned a microwave and caused a real code red!

    Heather, a crockpot of soup is a wonderful idea. I'm sure some of our moms would love it.

    mimi
    Last edit by Mimi2RN on Mar 16, '03
  8. by   layna
    I want you all to know that I made some homemade soup and brought it to work in a crockpot when I worked nights last night. What an awesome concept! I loved the smell of the soup as it simmered...made nights easier to work! :-)...not to mention that dayshift appreciated it and the leftovers! Too bad that bread makers have an open element inside. Wouldn't it be nice to run a loaf of homemade bread on the unit each day? MMMMMM!!!
  9. by   Dayray
    We have toasters but both the hospitals I work in have banned heating blankets in the microwave. Both because of some comical incidents perpetrated by some Darwin award worthy individuals.

    Hosp 1

    Nurse places blanket in microwave...

    Nurse sets timer for 20 min

    Nurse goes to the potty forgetting all about the blanket.

    Nurse #2 smells something (no not the other nurse the blanket, silly)

    Nurse #2 sees smoke coming from the microwave and in a stroke of genius opens the door feeding oxygen to the blanket, which bursts into flame.

    Nurse #2 utilizing her critical thinking and ability to make decisions under pressure throws the flaming blanket out a window onto the roof where it catches dry leaves and then the roof on fire.

    The fire department was called and the next day there were sighs banning the warming of blankets in microwaves.

    Hosp 2

    Nurse warms blanket in microwave.

    Nurse removes blanket from microwave and notices one side is now black and ashy.

    Not wanting to get her patient full of the yucky black ash she disposes of the blanket in the dirty linen basket (which was in a dirty utility full of other linen and of course all sorts of flammable chemicals and oxygen tanks)

    A few hours later patients all over the hospital were complaining of a bad smell which I'm sure you can guess was coming from the now blazing linen basket full of Bm and urine covered bedding.

    I have this neat invention. you wet a towel warm it for 1 and a half minutes wrap it in 2 trash bags and then in a thick draw sheet. It makes the best warm moist compress I have ever seen.

    It amazes me that because of these idiots my patients have to go without warm packs. Yes we have blanket warmers but they don't do much good for a patient that really needs a warm compress. Our distribution department has warming pads but they take hours to get to the floor and many doctors' wont order them because insurance doesn't like to pay the $100 dollars a day we charge for them.

    Isn't it Ironic that as nurses we administer drugs and perform procedures that place peoples lives in our hands? Yet we are not allowed to manage a blankets and microwaves.
    Last edit by Dayray on Mar 18, '03
  10. by   RN2B2005
    I worked at a clinic with a no-popcorn policy. Not sure why, it was in place before anyone I worked with worked there.

    The hospital I delivered at had a no-microwave/no-toaster policy AND the coffee maker was not operational. Adding insult to injury, the vending machine coffee cost $2.00 per cup (a vending machine Pepsi was $1.25 for a can). Not sure if this was a cost-saving measure or what, but it sure was irritating.

    I'm delivering at OBNurseHeather's hospital next time.
  11. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by RN2B2005
    I'm delivering at OBNurseHeather's hospital next time.
    C'mon over! I plan on bathing my first allnurse baby in a month or so!

    Heather
  12. by   dawngloves
    Originally posted by Dayray
    Isn't it Ironic that as nurses we administer drugs and perform procedures that place peoples lives in our hands? Yet we are not allowed to manage a blankets and microwaves.
    I worked at a place where we had a rinseless bathing system. Put water and this special soap in a baggie and nuke it for about 30 seconds on low. VOILA! A nice warm bed bath in a bag!It was the best! Never had a fire either.
  13. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by dawngloves
    I worked at a place where we had a rinseless bathing system. Put water and this special soap in a baggie and nuke it for about 30 seconds on low. VOILA! A nice warm bed bath in a bag!It was the best! Never had a fire either.
    There is atually a product on the market like that. They brought it to us for the long term antepartums. COmes with it's own special microwave with specific settings so we don't burn anyone! Very nice.

    Heather

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