Saturday, October 9, 2010

10. 60 patients in the ward versus 1 staff nurse and 1 trainee is considered a benign shift.

9. "Not seen during rounds." Trodat. is an accepted Nurse's Notes' charting.

8. Ampicillin, Ketorolac and Nalbuphine are best of friends. Sometimes, they also hang-out with buddies Gentamycin and Metronidazole.

7. Some patients never buy medicines. They just collect Rxs and irritate the medication nurse.

6. Medication x 100, IV insertion, carrying out orders, extraction, MgSO4, handling patients numerous enough to build an army etc. (Okay, halfway there. I felt compelled to put in something semi-serious for everyone else's sanity)

5. Patients panic once their IV bottles are empty or they see blood in their IV line like they're going to have a cardiac arrest because of it. Re-hook new one immediately or flush mentioned blood. Or else, relative will follow you around the ward and watch everything that you do.

4. The smell of disinfectant and lochia combined will haunt you on your way home.

3. There's nothing awkward about asking somebody you barely know (in front of other people): "Naka-utot na ba kayo?"

2. It is possible to fit 6 mothers and 6 babies in a single-sized bed.

...and the No.1 thing I learned from my 2-month stay at the OB Ward:

1. The location of Lying-In and how to get there. "Sir, sa Lying-In po yan, diretso sa dulong-dulo tapos kaliwa."


sir rob said...

I like #5.. There are many technique though on how to remove them including the air with any hassle.

How'd you do it there?

Clarriscent said...

Depends on the nurse. My technique mostly consists of aspirating the air and flushing. But of course it depends on the situation.

sir rob said...

We don't aspirate it anymore, we just put a needle in the Y-connector or simply open the medication valve from the catheter then flush the fluids.

Clarriscent said...

You flush in the air? Isn't that dangerous? :)

sir rob said...

It is not, since the air or the bubbles as to speak will just get out in the needle or in the valve while the fluids goes through without the air. You can try it to see the difference.

sir rob said...

Just a thought, if you are into the CPR & ECC Guidelines, just want to let you know too that it's already published.

You can see it here.

Clarriscent said...

Might try that one sometime soon. :) Thanks for the tips.

Anonymous said...

lol at #3 haha! I used to do that as well when I volunteered way back at a government district hospital. #9 is a bit confusing. Not seen by the nurse during rounds? That's something new! hehe :)

Clarriscent said...

@jeko11: Lol. It's another inside joke. MGH patients will often ward hop or process their own release papers and you end up not seeing them during rounds. Hence the common charting one liner: "Not seen during rounds." Trodat. Close. It happens. A lot. :)

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