Nursing Hx:Share Oldtime Ineffective tx's? - page 2

Recently a few of the "old-timers" and I were gabbing about ineffective treatments that used to be the standard of care for pts. Such as: MOM, sugar, and heat lamp therapy for Stage III... Read More

  1. by   Nurse Ratched
    Maybe it's just lack of experience, but I was floored recently when I got a patient in for ETOH detox. His family indicated he had recently had surgery and been detoxed at a small rural hospital where they gave him shots of whiskey instead of Librium. Of course, the brain sees no difference between the two, but I would find it strange to dispense "shots."

    I do remember at the little nursing home I worked at years ago that some of the elderly men had orders for a shot of whiskey qhs for sleep.

    Edited to add: I guess those aren't technically *ineffective* treatments, just old lol.
  2. by   Furball
    I had an MD order beer for an anxious COPD-er....worked like a charm. (homecare)
  3. by   donmurray
    Insulin and o2 for decubiti, first arrange the patient so that the ulcer is kind of horizontal, then apply a few dropsof Insulin. Chase the drops around on top of the ulcer with the O2 till it dries! I can't believe I did that!
    There was another "cure" involving egg white. Also a caustic agent called Eusol. You had to protect the surrounding skin with a paraffin jelly/net dressing to avoid burning the "good" skin!!!
  4. by   pebbles
    I have used Eusol recently....

    Some of these make me wonder how nurses got any of the rest of their work done... they are not only clinically useless (or harmful) but time consuming as well!
  5. by   ziggyRn
    Once when I worked agency in the UK, I had to...

    Put egg white on an ulcerated penis and direct 02 on to it ALL NIGHT.
  6. by   sunnygirl272
    mmm..yummy...penis meringue pie...
  7. by   ziggyRn
    Actually Sunnygirl, it was the boredom that really got me...11 yr night shift, hired to do that and only that.
  8. by   kaycee
    anyone remember rotating tourniquets for CHF. What a pain they were.
  9. by   Brian
    Just posting to state that I am moving this to The General Nursing forum from the off-topic Thanks
  10. by   Q.
    Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes
    Those STUPID "donuts" postpartum patients used to sit on for sore episotomies.. ( I was issued one and I swear, it slowed healing time for me)......not only INEFFECTIVE but made matters WORSE in several cases!!!!
    We still use those.
  11. by   KarafromPhilly
    I was complaining to my mother about the dumb things we had to do in clinical and she told me that when she was in nursing school (St. Mary's class of 1958) they had taught her to make a flaxseed poultice. I asked if they actually used those and she snorted and said, "Of course not! Nobody had used those for years!" Dumb nursing education...
  12. by   JonRN
    I remember the rotating tourniquets for CHF and pulmonary edema. We had to time them and then rotate q 5 min. I think, while all kinds of other stuff was going on w/ the pt. Then they got a machine that did it with 4 b/p cuffs, much easier. Nothing like a good ol' pulmonary edema at 2 a.m. to get you going. Right up there with a major trauma.

  13. by   mark_LD_RN
    we still have the stupid donuts here to, don't use them much.just when a patient insists, you know when mom is always right