Sunday, June 26, 2011

20 uses for duct tape in the ER

I have done a blog post on this before, so may I should call this: 20 USES FOR DUCT TAPE IN ER II

1)IV pole broke: Tape the IV bag to any nearby surface: the monitor, the wall, the patients relative, etc.

2) Demented Donald trying to get out of bed? Duct tape will keep him in bed.

3) Duct tape that irritating drunks mouth shut.

4) No security available to watch your suicidal patient? Duct tape will keeep them in bed and SAFE.

4) Out of arm slings? Fashion one out of a piece of cardboard and tape.

5) Patient hairy and need to put him on the monitor? Duct tape will remove that hair for lead placement.

6) Backboards all in use? Take the sliding board, some rolled towels and tape and fashion your own version of spine stablization.

7) Duct tape your manager to a chair.

8) Low on suture or staples: A quick and easy laceration repair.

9) Tape patients gown together for trip to bathroom.

10) Out of adult diapers: use towel and duct tape substitute.

11) Tape NG, ET tube, foley in place.

12) Tape patients wig or toupee in place.

13) Never lose it again: tape you pen, scissors, roll of tape, stethoscope to yourself.

14) Make letters RN on uniform so patients will know you are their nurse.

15) Afraid your patient might wander off? Put their name on it, room number and attach to gown.

16) Cheap shoulder immobilizer.

17) Confused grandaa will never pull out her IV again.

18) Tape your nostrils together for that smelly clean up

19) Cheap eye patch.

20) Help reset dislocations.

your ideas?


EDNurseasauras said...

"7) Duct tape your manager to a chair"............bwahahahahaha!!

rnraquel said...

When someone is parading around in a ludicrously skimpy outfit or saggy, baggy pants, apply duct tape over their exposed breasts or butt crack. The waiting room will go from R rated to PG in no time.

newnurseinthehood said...
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newnurseinthehood said...

Sure did talk to a dude the other day with chronic shoulder dislocations who told me he had put #16 into practice in real life. Freaking awesome!
How about to tape the doorways of my remaining empty rooms shut when I'm already taking care of three ICU patients to indicate to the incompetent charge nurses that the room is closed? I
I'm sure it would never work, but, thanks to you, I'll at least never lose my trauma shears again. Thanks girlvet!

Cat said...

Sounds like a story from a McGyver show. I bet nurses make excellent survivalists. Anyway, thanks for sharing you gave me a break studying with my mcat study guide :-).

Anonymous said...

Some drunk shakes his tallywacker at you? Tape it to his hand and then hogtie him with the rest.


Anonymous said...

Maintenance was taking a year and a day to turn up the heat to our floor (it was glorious 55 degrees) so we tricked the thermostat by filling a bag with ice and duct taping it to it.

Had the rooms to about 70 in no time.

girlvet said...

last anonymous - very innovative!

Anonymous said...

For anybody that's vomiting everywhere, duct tape the basin below their mouth. Or duct tape a bag around their head. Saves you from having to clean the floor, bed, and anything else they could get it on.

Nurse K said...

If a homeless person's shoe is talking (sole coming off), you can tape it back together.