back to home health

  1. It's been many, many years since I did some fill in for home health visits, but it looks like I'll be doing that again.

    Through an agency, I'll be filling in for community health home nurses when there's a need. I went for an orientation yesterday and I was very pleasantly surprised at how up-to-date everything was. There's even a nurse full-time at the clinic whose responsibility it is to follow-up all the nurses to be sure that they can do all the procedures. So, for example, I've not done a PICC line for many years, so it's not something I'm comfortable with. If I'm assigned a pt with a PICC, she will meet me at the house for as many times as I feel I need before I have to do it myself. I think that's pretty cool. And, add to that that this is a government institution, as I'm in Quebec.

    I do have to look some things up. THey're using some equipment that I've not ever seen before, just newer types of dressings, something else (can't recall the name right now), for an open sternal wound, it provides a vacuum to seal it when you change the dressing.

    I am scheduled to work a day next week so I'm looking forward to it.
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  3. by   floridanurse65
    Good luck to you and I hope you enjoy your new position.
  4. by   muffie
    good luck clemmmmmmm

    sounds like you will enjoy it a lot
  5. by   CapeCodMermaid
    Clemmm-that vacuum thing...it's called a Wound VAC. Vacuum Assisted Closure. We use them frequently here. They really speed wound healing and cut down on nursing time because they only have to be changed 3x/week.
  6. by   clemmm78
    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    Clemmm-that vacuum thing...it's called a Wound VAC. Vacuum Assisted Closure. We use them frequently here. They really speed wound healing and cut down on nursing time because they only have to be changed 3x/week.
    Thanks! I'm going to research it right now.

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