Uniform stained/Any solutions??

  1. While giving activated charcoal per NG, the pt pulled his head hard enough and my syringe disconnedted from the NG. It soiled through a pt gown over my labcoat and left a nasty black tar stain. My labcoat is cranberry colored.
    I thought I protected myself, but just not good enough...any ideas???
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  3. by   suzannasue
    Try OXYCLEAN... I make it into a paste when the stains suchas you described.
  4. by   massEDgirl
    Yea...OXYCLEAN took charcoal out of my white pants!
  5. by   KKERRN
    Thanks fir the sugggestion! I'll give it a try and let you know how it worked!
  6. by   babynurselsa
    You must learn to stand just behind their shoulder when administering charcoal......lol
  7. by   CEN35
    no clue always figured the best way to avoid stains, is avoid the projectile puke/bedpan on the floor/gi bleeder going all over/ and always point the ng/og/e-wall away from yourself! :chuckle isn't that what they make all that protective garb for anyways


  8. by   Fgr8Out
    Oxyclean, Zout... I've been successful with both.

  9. by   KKERRN
    Oxy clean worked well !! I was standing at the shoulder of the patient...our rooms are too small to get above their shoulder without movining the gurney. I have only had one pt to give charcoal since this thread started and I moved that gurney plus wore a cover gown!! Another RN noticed and laughed, then her next weekend she didn't "work defensively" as I now call it and she was vomitted on. As I was laughing I had to remind her when and why she laughed at me. Now, she "works defensively" also!!
    Thanks for the tips everyone!!
  10. by   CEN35
    i have the answer!!!!!!!! just recently, for certain reasons i realized i had like 40 pairs of scrubbs!! so i just threw out like 30 pairs!!!! :d


  11. by   KKERRN
    LOL!!! I'm glad you had so many sets of scrubs! We must buy our own and for about the past year we could wear anything within reason that was "professional". After spending about $300 on new scrubs we now have a limited selection to choose from and that was a brand new lab jacket that is in the permitted selcetion!! Now my selection is limited and I have about 20 sets that can't be worn at work. Haven't you ever got a stain on any of your scrubs before? Come on and tell the story.
    While wearing protective garb for a GI bleed this sweet elderly lady with her projectile emesis still managed to get some in my hair!!! I even jumped backwards as I saw it coming, but at least it wasn't in my face!! It was just GROSS!!
    I've only been in ER about 2 years now and I know I've got alot to learn. BTW, do you buy your own srubs? Just curious.
  12. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    from deep in the heart of texas

    In my younger days, I was always getting bled on, puked on, charcoaled on etc. My wife always manages to get the stains out. As I got older, things like beeing puked on, bled on and, charcoaled on I usually managed to divert on to somebody who didnt know when to duck. Now that Im older and wiser and smarter. I never get bled on, or puked on, or charcoaled on. I just smile when it happens to all the younger nurses, who dont know the signs of what to expect to happen.. If you expect it, anticipate it, and prepare for it, it always gets someone else who isnt as prepared as you. Its just part of the learning curve in the ER. And now my wife doesnt have to work as hard to keep my scrubbies clean and pretty.

    keep it in the short grass yall
  13. by   KKERRN
    The learning curve in ER...I've only been there about 2 years now and I've come a long way. I still feel like a new ER RN.I have learned to expect, anticipate and prepare for so many things in there! It is a whole new world of nursing that I have grown to love and hate. Can't imagine going back to floor nursing ever again. How long have you worked in the ER??
  14. by   teeituptom
    Howdy KKERRN
    from deep in the heart of texas

    I started as a hospital corpsman back in 1969, a few years ago any way. Ive been a RN for a 1/4 of a century. The last 15 years Ive been a assistant nurse manager in a ER that sees 60 k a year now. And, yes, I still love it , cant imagine doing floor nursing, in fact,That would probably be disastrous.Its easier working with a smaller group of doctors and knowing what, they expect of you so you can promote the kind of care a patient needs. Where on the floor, at least here, there are a few thousand doctors on staff, and you cant learn to anticipate what is needed in their expectations.So you have to call and ask for everything. There I go digressing again. That happens when you get older.

    keep it in the short grass yall