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Tricks, Shortcuts, & Search Help January 10, 2006 4:51 AM


Do you know any quick tricks or shortcuts that have worked for you?  Not the kind that compromise patient care.  But, simple suggestions that save time and effort.  Also, tips to locate hard to find uniforms or supplies would be welcome.  Or, do you know about a gadget that you have found useful?

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 May 06, 2006 10:38 PM

Ok, probably just dumb ones that everyone probably does anyway. I used to wear a "fanny pack" when I was still on the floor. Yep, I know many feel that they do not look professional, but, they can hold cpr mask, tape, bandage scissors, gloves, band aids, alcohol preps, 17 pens and for me a most important tool to carry was a seam riper, why cut a pair of $50.00+ jeans if I could just split the seam to get to the wound or apply the cast? Having everything I needed at my fingertips was faster than going to a drawer to get it.

When working with kids I always found it easier to make a game of any diagnostic tests if possible. Smaller children do not always understand what we want of them or may not be able to use the same words we would. If for example I were giving an eye exam, I would first go over the chart with the child having him or her tell me what the picture was. That way I would know if when they saw the picture, they were able to identify it. Or with a hearing test I would have the child add a piece of cotton into a bowl for each sound they heard.

These things sound silly, but they actually brought the child more in compliance with what we were doing and gave them a sense of belonging and of fun. Anything that can take away some of the fear for a child is an accomplishment.

Sorry I can't think of anything else right now, I've been off the floor (went into case management) about 15 years ago and currently I am not working due to health reasons.

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 May 09, 2006 1:23 AM

Really great tips!  Thank you for your contribution.  I'm sure your suggestions will be helpful to a lot of readers.  [ send green star]
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