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gwenith is a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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You only need look at this idea to think "I could have come up with that - it is so simple."

So why don't we - invent new things and better ways of getting something done.

Me??? My excuse is that I spend too much time here bringing you stories like this one:chuckle

http://www.abc.net.au/newinventors/txt/s1150413.htm

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since we're talking about digital stimulation in another thread, i propose a rubber human finger...many would appreciate this assistive device.

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A nursing assistant daughter of a patient bought Nerf balls, cut a slit, and put it on her mothers hand. Full ROM but she couldn't pull out her Foley.

Good idea?

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Sitz bath bag and tubing to rinse out a colostomy bag. Fill 'er up, let 'er rip, viola...the colostomizer. :imbar

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mother/babyRN has 27 years experience as a RN and specializes in cardiac, diabetes, OB/GYN.

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use the oxygen to blow up the hemi doughnuts, which we also use for pillows when our OB patients take baths...Here I was teaching everyone about labor when our newest addition to the staff started laughing at me when a dad took the thing away from me with the humorous comment that I might die if I continued to attempt to blow up the thing myself, and she put it on the spigot, turned on the o2 and voila! No problem. Learn something to simplify your life every day..

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dansamy specializes in Going to Peds!.

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Actually, oxygen is NOT explosive..That is a misleading thing for most people. Oxygen is only flammable when used in conjunction with other flammable gasses, otherwise the air we breathe would be constantly exploiding....Since I am aware of that fact and we have no other flammable gasses flowing through that particular line, I ( formerly Mother/BabyRN), actually have no problem blowing up the little donut with it....Thanks for the concern, however.

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dansamy specializes in Going to Peds!.

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You are incorrect with regard to your point of filling up an air donut fromt he spigot but again, I do appreciate the point you attempt to make..

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We get very creative on our unit - we really like cotton balls in the fingers of gloves if we do not have mitts available to prevent pts from pulling out lines; we also make hot packs with hot water on towels wrapped in chux; etc. etc. I think as nurses, we are definitely inventors!

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nursemike has 12 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Rodeo Nursing (Neuro).

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Actually, oxygen is NOT explosive..That is a misleading thing for most people. Oxygen is only flammable when used in conjunction with other flammable gasses, otherwise the air we breathe would be constantly exploiding....Since I am aware of that fact and we have no other flammable gasses flowing through that particular line, I ( formerly Mother/BabyRN), actually have no problem blowing up the little donut with it....Thanks for the concern, however.
While oxygen itself doesn't burn, it supports combustion of other flammable substances--not just gasses.

Air, which is mostly nitrogen, doesn't support combustion as vigorously, since it has less O2. But in the presence of pure O2, many substances are highly combustible--like the tubing which carries it to a nasal cannula, or Velcro, which was the major fuel in the Apollo 1 disaster. On the other hand, even a highly flammable mixture of oxygen and hydrogen won't burn until exposed to sufficient heat, like a spark of static electricity.

The one saving grace with O2 in a donut, or a glove to make a toy, is that there just isn't much of it. Ignited, the object would burn up very quickly, but with a lot of heat. It wouldn't "explode", but it would do so damage to anyone sitting on it, and possibly ignite bedding and/or a small amount of flesh. Well, the other saving grace is that the ignition temperature would be fairly high. Smoking on an O2 donut would be very bad, but static probably wouldn't do it.

But any fire marshal in the country would have your ears over this one.

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PamRNC has 12 years experience and specializes in med/surg.

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You only need look at this idea to think "I could have come up with that - it is so simple."

So why don't we - invent new things and better ways of getting something done.

Me??? My excuse is that I spend too much time here bringing you stories like this one:chuckle

Me, I just learned a couple of months ago that you can do the same thing by tying the IV pole to the frame of the stretcher with a glove, and it rolls along quite nicely (of course it has to be an IV pole that actually rolls nicely to begin with.) :p

So, my excuse is that we're just to busy being the "mother of invention" to go out and get the patent. :rolleyes:

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