1. Ground Coffee is great for absorbing odors. You can use it to absorb strong odors like those from emesis basins, bedpans...etc. You can put the coffee grounds under the patient's bed to dispel any foul odor.
2. Place a warm wash cloth on the area that you wish to start an IV on. This helps to dilate the blood vessels and enables a smooth insertion.
3. To avoid air bubbles in your IV tubing try clamping the tubing first, then spike it and fill the drip chamber first before opening the clamp.
4. Act like you're taking you patients pulse to get an accurate respiratory rate. When a patient knows you're counting their respirations it's not uncommon for them to hold their breath,or breath faster. If they think you're just taking their pulse, you will get a more accurate respiratory rate.
5. Use KY jelly to remove stubborn blood. The blood will come off much easier.
6. Hydrogen peroxide is also a great blood stain remover, especially for those stains on clothes. Just pour it onto the blood stained areas, let it soak about 20 minutes and wash the garment as normal.
7. Wintergreen oil is not always available to place on your mask in the case of foul odors. Instead, you can used toothpaste or Vicks. Just place a small amount on the top of the mask, then place the mask over your face.
8. Soak an NG tube in ice or place it in the freezer before insertion. This handy trick serves to purposes: It helps make insertion easier and also numbs the patient to make it less uncomfortable for them.
9. Cover the diaphragm of your stethoscope with a glove to keep it cleaner, especially in the case of isolation patients.
10.Cut an small hole in your isolation gown sleeves to put your thumb in. This will prevent the sleeve from rolling down your arm. Just place your thumbs in each of the holes and then don gloves.
11. Sock over sock trick: If you have to remove a sock from a patient for surgery or another procedure, place the sock you remove over the other sock on the patients foot. This will prevent you losing that sock.
12. If you don't have a kelly handy and you need to clamp foley tubing you can use the barrel of a syringe. Just remove the barrel and place the folded tubing inside the barrel.
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