Nursing the old fashioned way - page 6

hi all, i just read a thread asking about older nursing interventions and it made me think of the older techniques that we really did use before so many modern meds and procedures. for a lower... Read More

  1. by   elkpark
    Quote from DoGoodThenGo
    Have a huge copy of Lippincott's Manual & Standards of Nursing Practice from the 1980's that clearly outlines how to start IV's and blood transfusions. So therefore one must assume somewhere in the United States RNs were doing them.
    This was common, long-standing practice for RNs when I was in nursing school in the early '80s.
  2. by   Esme12
    I have a question I was wondering about the other day, when did IVs become so prevalent (like, having every single patient have one regardless of whether they are using it or not)? What did they do before IVs? As the days pass by I realize that I am a dinosaur.....I started nursing school in the seventies as did my sister so we date to about 1976....IV's were common then as were blood transfusions. I believe that blood transfusions and nursing involvement began during WWII when many things changed for the world. I know the first blood balk was established in 1937 at Chicago's Cook County Hospital followed by San Francisco in 1941. IV's became standard during that time as well....there just were not enough male medical personnel....especially MD'....the were fighting the war.... so nurses began to safely perform all these tasks and it carried to civilian life. History of Blood Banking :: America's Blood Centers

    Also, before they routinely anti-coagulated people, were people dropping dead of PE's all of the time?? We anti-coagulated...but yes...people died from Emboli frequently. Before the Thrombolytics a common diagnosis was Left ventricular when that ruptured the instantly turned blue from the nipple line up...very distinct appearence....yes they died as well.

    When did they start doing all of these tests (multiple CTs, MRIs, U/S, etc) on all of the patients? Ultrasounds and CT as well as nuclear med for scans were common for me so we are dated to 1976. The first "MRI" was performed in 1977 but it's popularity/regularity didn't begin until beginning of 1984-85...along with the caps and whites in favor of scrubs.

    Why did they put the blue in the tube feed?? Ah.....methylene good nurse was without it...we left patients intubated FOREVER.....snowed and paralyzed.......the dye was put in the tube feeding to see if they were aspirating tube feeding because the feeding were the same consistency as secretions with psuedomonas....we would try to get a pretty blue and would "back off" the dye when their urine started looking a little green

    And. . .how on EARTH did you guys keep your whites white?? Because I try to be so careful, but by the end of the shift I am disgusting with splashes of everything all over me. Well whites were imperative....hydrogen peroxide, bleach and something called bluing...Mrs. Stewart's Bluing: Instructions you caps were to be cleaned and starched as well. You were very careful....we wore patient gowns and surgical gowns when the nuns/management were not around

    This is fascinating - thanks for everyone who is sharing on this thread. You're welcome.
  3. by   DoGoodThenGo
    Did someone mention bluing! *LOL*

    In addition to a glass bottle of Mrs. Stewart's one has a vast stash of the stuff including "Bleachette" and Reckitts cubes.

    Got starches as well including Linit and Stanley cubes.

    Ok, so I've got a problem.... *LOL*

    Bit of trivia:

    Zout stain remover was originally invented for nurses to aid in removing stains from whites.