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Old 07-01-2008, 10:40 PM
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Default RN Magazine ~ Oct 1946 How to Keep Your Pt Cool

"KEEPING YOUR PATIENT COOL" by Ann Goodrich, RN Excerps:

Caring for the sick in hot weather can be a trying experience for both patient and nurse. The windows may be left open and the outlook for the patient up in a wheel chair encourages him to want to get well and go out of doors.

Even on the hottest days patients may be encouraged to feel cool by a combination of factors. First and foremost is the appearance and attitude of the nurse. If we look hot, bothered, and uncomfortable we tend to make the patient overly aware of the heat. A spotlessly clean, uncreased uniform is of paramount importance in looking cool. Although some hospitals frown upon short sleeves, sharkskin, and seersucker, many nurses associations have adopted blue and white uniforms with short sleeves for summber. They may not look as trim but their coolness and comfort and ease of laundering make up for the lack of stiff starchiness that has been the trademark of the professional RN. It goes without saying that the nurse must be especially careful about her own personal hygiene. Be sure to keep on hand, without fail, whatever deodorant you like the best. Many nurses who perspire freely find that they feel and look cooler if they forego heavy face powder and makeup. Frequent shampooing will keep you comfortable fresh and dainty too.

Make sure the bed is arranged so as to allow for the maximum circulation of air without putting the patient in a direct draft between the door and the window. Keeping fresh flowers in the vases will give an illusion of airy coolness to the room.

It is especially important to change bed linen frequently and if clean linen is not available, the nurse may find that keeping two sets of bottom and top sheets and changing them back and forth during the day may give the illusion of comfort obtained by a newly laundered sheet. Remove the rubber draw sheet. Urge your patient to keep as quiet as possible. An occasional change of position will allow different parts of the body to come in contact with the air and make them feel refreshed.

There is something about the tinkle of ice in a pitcher of cool fruit juice that gives the illusion of coolness.

Hair on the neck looks and feels hot. If your patient must lie on her back, try braiding her hair on each side of her head and laying it along the pillow, away from her face. Or pin the braids on the top of her head and tie on with a gay ribbon.
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Old 07-01-2008, 10:44 PM
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Oh, to be dainty!
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I was actually wondering if it might have really been written by NrsKaren :D
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Too funny, Dutchy!
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Were nurses credited with brains in those days? Didn't like the idea of changing the bedsheets like that ewww.
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