what is a surgigator?

  1. I have tried to find this on google

    looking for explanation of what is a surgigator - mentioned in the
    Teaching/psychosocial section of the postpartal period when
    explaining about peri-care, surgigator, sitz bath

    what is a surgigator?
    Last edit by GingerSue on Mar 3, '07
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  3. by   Jolie
    A Surgigator is a device installed in the bathroom of post-partum rooms (and perhaps others as well) that allows the patient to easily irrigate her perineum while using the toilet. It has a disposable "wand" that attaches to a permanent flexible hose which provides gentle jets of tap water. Cartridges containing a mild soap can also be added for cleansing. Instructing a newly-delivered patient on its use is part of post-patum teaching.
  4. by   tntrn
    Wow! A blast from the past. Loved those surgigators, both as a patient and as a nurse. I also loved the removeable shower heads, for the same reason.
  5. by   rngreenhorn
    Many people are unaware that Arnold Schwarzenegger has a half brother who is a surgeon.... he is commonly refered to as the "surgigator"....
  6. by   rngreenhorn
    or would that be the "surgeonator"?
  7. by   GingerSue
    thanks

    I'll never forget
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    In 10 years in OB nursing, I have never heard the term, let alone used one. We have used sitz baths, that is it.
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    In 10 years in OB nursing, I have never heard the term, let alone used one. We have used sitz baths, that is it.
    Me too . ..

    steph
  10. by   CHATSDALE
    you can always learn something thanks
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Sounds like a type of alligator to me...sheesh rofl I had to laugh when I first read that word.
  12. by   rngreenhorn
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Sounds like a type of alligator to me...sheesh rofl I had to laugh when I first read that word.
    Yeah.... I thought alligator also... which is even more scary when you find out what part of the body it is used on.
  13. by   Little Panda RN
    The surgigator is real! When I had my boys it was at a military installation and they did have the surgigator. Let me tell you, nothing could have felt as good as warm water on the perineum after an episiotomy. I can't believe that they do not have them in use everywhere.
  14. by   DCJ3
    The hospital where I gave birth has had these since at least six years ago and let me tell you they are the best! They have soap cartridges that go in it to clean the peri area and the warm water feels really good after giving birth. They're awesome.

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