Trach care

  1. Ok I just need to pat myself on the back for a second!

    I 'm finding that every nurse has "their thing" that grosses them out.

    For many it's sputum. Or vomit...

    For me it's trach care....

    I don't get sick or anything, but when a patient has a trach, and they start to choke, I start to gag with them!

    Ohhhhh! Even the thought of having to do deep suction on a trach patient, makes me tremble.

    I know I don't need to freak out when giving trach care, especially 'cause the pt usually is a bit anxious when their air way is threatened.

    Well, I told my clinical instructor about my issue, because I knew I needed to deal with the issue.

    So I had a trach patient this week. And guess what??!!!!!

    I DID IT !!!!!!!!!

    I didn't gag once! I was calm and handled it fine! Two days in a row!!


    Ok thanks for listening!
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  3. by   NurseDixie
    Way to go. Now it'll be easier to handle trach pts. The one thing that I can't handle is when the pt gags, that makes me gag. My dr. said that I have a hyperactive gag reflex.LOL. My dentist has written on my chart in big red letters...GAGGER! 8^) LOL
  4. by   emily_mom
    I can't handle trach care either. Just looking at a goobery trach makes me want to hurl. I've done it quite a few times and it gets me every time.