Ah, nurses and their protective gear. We spend a lot of time gowning, gloving, masking...etc. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a necessity for most nurses who work in the clinical arena. If you have more than one patient with contact precautions you spend most of your shift wearing the stuff.
If you're a surgical nurse and you scrub, you pretty much live in a gown, gloves and mask and people you work with don't even recognize you "with your clothes on."
What is it with all the things that happen immediately after you gown up for a procedure? The weird itches that come out of nowhere. Here are some of the funny and trying Murphy's laws of protective gear.
Your Nose begins to itch for no reason.
This has baffled me for years. My nose NEVER itches until I have gowned, gloved and masked up for a sterile procedure or my hands are utterly filthy. Maybe you just came out of a contact precaution room and out of nowhere...BAM! Itchy nose syndrome! What do you do? You scratch it of course, with your, em, filthy gloved hand...eeew! We've all done it at least once.
You need to write something
But you realize that your pen is securely placed in your scrub pocket UNDER the gown. Yep, another one of my favorites.
Why is it that the doctor (who never calls when he's suppose to) always manages to time his phone calls when you're just gowned up, or you're knee deep in poop, vomit and other body fluids?
If you're a surgical nurse you can relate to dropping things. You never usually drop things till you are scrubbed in and then suddenly you become butter fingers. It's never something that you don't really need either. It's always the last screw of its size that the surgeon specifically asked to have flashed and needs for this case.
Where's the equipment?
You gown up for a procedure and you don't have the equipment you need in the room, because nurse Suzie needed it earlier and never put it back.
Mask is Falling off
This is another one of my favorites. If you're supposed to be sterile your mask isn't supposed to be below your nose, but sometimes it likes to take a little trip down there and your hands are covered in blood...Nice
What other Murphy's laws of PPE can you think of? Comment below