Why are they called, "Chucks?" - page 8

Why are they called "Chucks?" And can't we use a more appropriate and universally understood name for, "Chucks?" Laypeople usually have NO idea what a "Chuck" is. Having to describe them by... Read More

  1. by   NurseSpeedy
    Like others, I just figured it was because they got "chucked" in the garbage when they were soiled.

    Years ago, we had thick pads that would be used. They were great because they could be used to pull up the patient in bed (if positioned right) and absorbed enough to not have to change the whole bed when wet (well, depending on the definition of ‘wet'). Then I saw them disappear for a while because the linen was charged by weight and they could be quite heavy. A few months ago I saw them come back where I worked. We were told chux or pad, pick one but not both. I like the pads better because of the lift use but also because they don't tend to bunch up under the patients rear und like a wad of left over toilet paper or something.

    When using the chux, I refer to them as the disposable pad. Less confusion for any lay person in earshot.
  2. by   LucyLou88
    That's funny. You wrote "underpaid" instead of "underpad." I think it was your subconscious telling you to demand a raise.
  3. by   Lame
    Why did I think you were talking about converse shoes?? LOL haven't had my coffee yet...
  4. by   sweet sunshine
    Because you chuck it!!
  5. by   NewRN'16
    We call them "pads". We know everyone else calls them chalks. Who knows where is coming from...

    Chalk and smile I guess lol.
  6. by   Davey Do
    Back in the 70's, there was a game show called The Gong Show with host Chuck Barris. A repeating visitor went by the name of The Unknown Comic who wore a paper bag over his head, came out and said "Hey Chuckie, hey Chuckie, hey Chuckie!" and then would proceed to tell dumb jokes.

    We could have our own type of visitor to this thread:

    unknown-nurse-png
  7. by   Newgradnurse17
    Quote from K+MgSO4
    We call them blueys in Australia and inco pads in Ireland. Neither make anymore sense.....
    I was wondering what we were talking about untill this. Blueys in nz too. pretty obvious name for them.

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