I have patient gown dyslexia - page 3

Even after 14 years of nursing, I still get confused by patient gowns. What idiot came up with such a confusing design? I have to figure it out each time how to get the correct snaps to line up. The... Read More

  1. by   nursemike
    Before I was a nurse, I was a transporter, so working the beds and carts is no problem. I once had to figure out a totally unfamiliar bari-chair in the middle of a code. Pretty hectic 15 secs, then no sweat. And when I wasn't transporting, I was cleaning pt rooms, so I got intimately familiar with the furniture, too. I can repair a broken overbed table with a Swiss Army Knife and a hemostat. I know right where in the recliner the pts hearing aid always goes.

    But those gowns! Well...actually, I've figured them out, too, finally. Simply do all the snaps before you bring it into the room, then d/c any peripheral IVs, put the gown on, take the gown back off and turn it backwards, put it back on, have the pt relax in bed while you place a new PIV (they don't last forever, anyway), hook up the fluids, and you're all set.