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Default Nurse hacks

The word hack has many meanings. These days it means to use a common object in an ingenious way to solve a problem inexpensively. Purple roses had a great thread about nurse hacks and I would like to continue that here.

Some of the best hacks were :

Hanging iodoform gauze to eliminate odours.
Use a carabiner to hook the IV bags together when going on a transport.
Use steristrips to secure an NGT, one under the tube, crossed over and placed on the nose covered with three placed horizontally.
Docusate liquid to liquefy a curdled tube feeding clog.
Tubinet over the monitor wires to keep confused people from pulling them off.
Vicks vaporub in a mask to cope with bad smells.
Hemostats or kelly clamps. The only tool a woman needs.

What are some of your tried and true nurse hacks?

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Curved, straight, or both hemostats?

I loved this thread. So happy for another. Thanks Maggie!!
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I loved that thread too.

Any free disposable kelly will get the job done. Since I have to be Larry the cable guy sometimes, I have even used them to tighten tv cables.
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I loved that thread too.

Any free disposable kelly will get the job done. Since I have to be Larry the cable guy sometimes, I have even used them to tighten tv cables.
Okay. They're on our supply list, and it says curved or straight. I was thinking about getting one of each. I have learned one cannot have too many hemostats.
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For the post op abdominal surgery who has a PCA or epidural, clip or pin the pca dose button to a folded and taped bath blanket that is used for a splint. Velcro the call bell to the bedrail so that they dont get them confused. Remove velcro when discharging the patient.
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If anybody still uses tape on a roll, you can hang it off your hip on your Kelly clamp. Hemostats are too little.
I use a long sponge stick (ring-shaped end) to clean my fish tank.
Those blue or green cotton OR towels are the BEST dishtowels, but I can't get them any more and my last one is getting threadbare.
I use my paramedic-grade scissors in the kitchen all the time for dissecting chickens, cutting up meat for pot pies and stews, and such.
I learned how to tie flat sheets into fitted ones from a Canadian nurse. Works great even when the head of the bed rises.
Benzoin, benzoin, benzoin ... for anything that ought to stick better.
Shaving cream is great for poopy-peri care.
Pour a little mouthwash in the foot-soak basin.

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Kelly clamps are the most useful tool ever!!

One of my favorite uses is to use them to suspend peppermint oil soaked gauze above beds to eliminate odors.
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A few drops of wintergreen oil in a 30ml plastic medicine cup with a fluffed 2x2 will also help with odors. Remember, a little goes a long way and the oil will eat some plastic.
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KY jelly loosens EEG paste and dried blood.
You can make a coated hairtie by cutting the covered elastic from a flat folded mask and tying the ends together. Use two to hold the hair securely.
A plastic urinal is a safe substitute for a glass vase.
Cover a cold stethoscope with half inch tubinet if it bothers the back of your neck.
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