So, Im going into Nursing school and there is just something I need to know. How do you deal with puke?
Having worked in a Medical Office I can pretty much handle anything below the waste. Cleaned out many flexsig machines.
What I want to know is.. How do you deal with puke? The smell? What is your worse puke story? How did you react the first time a patient hurled on you? etc.
Oh, and Is it ok to gross out?
May 24, '02
I hate the smell of alcohol when it comes back up
. I am not to fond of it fresh as far as that goes. It is usually the "pukin' princesses" that can't seem to hold their liquor so their friends bring them to the ER. And, if they aren't puking we get to lavage them, then they puke!! Just about everything else is fine, you can sometimes tell what people have had for dinner if they are vomiting from being sick.
It is something you will get used to, there are a lot worse smells than vomit...C-Diff, Lower GI Bleed, smelly unwashed body parts..and the list goes on.
The worst one lately was this little guy, about 8, 2 weeks out from a tonsilectomy, white as Casper. Mom said he vomited a small amount of blood at the mall. While sitting at my triage desk, no warning whatsoever, he vomited a large amount of partially digested blood. He had probably been swallowing blood all afternoon. It looked like somebody had dropped a bowl of whole cranberry sauce on the floor. Anyhow, the little guy was sent downtown to a PICU, back to OR to stop the bleeding and received some blood b4 the night was over.
But, don't worry about it, you will get used to all of the bodily functions before you know it. And there is a lot more than vomit that will come out of your patients. Good Luck.
P.S. Do a search on a thread called "what freaks you out". Some great reading. And welcome to the board.
Last edit by 2ndCareerRN on May 24, '02
May 24, '02
Vomit isn't so bad. Wait till you have your first really bad lower GI bleed. The smell'll stick in your nose for days at a time! As Bob suggested Check out the what freaks you out and the freakiest things you've seen at work threads. You'll know if you were meant to be in this profession if you find yourself laughing hysterically! Good luck with school.
Bob, loved the puker face!!!!!!!!!
Last edit by fedupnurse on May 24, '02