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Clinical practice

Walking past the sluice, a nurse observed a care assistant blowing down a catheter bag. What on earth was occurring? The bag was  a previously sterile one intended for connection to a resident. The care assistant was checking for possible leaks; apparently a method used by a previous nurse employee. All staff were hastily corrected and educated. I am still searching for the remainder of the band; the bed pan basher and the syringe player!

Mrs Brown was observed not to have taken her tablets by a care assistant who informed the nurse. On checking, she was collecting them in her handbag but denied all knowledge.

Mr Davis always appeared to have taken his tablets. However nurses regularly found them stuck between the pages of his book.

Mrs Jones’ catheter was found connected upside down. Had she done it herself the nurse wondered, perhaps hopefully. She was often found waving it about.

Tablet time. The nurse offered Mrs Swift her tablets. “ Oh I do not need them” she said, “I saved mine from breakfast”. She was given the benefit of the doubt.

Mr Snell would regularly refuse his tablets. However he would take them with a cup of tea which was made especially for him. A trick of the trade. He will be requiring something stronger soon.

It was  a training session regarding pressure care. A residents Mrs downs aged 80 was present because this time, it was held in the lounge and she wished to stay. What a contribution she made! Mrs Downs pointed out all the vulnerable pressure areas. She even suggested some extra protection for herself which was provided. On questioning her afterwards, she had been a pharmacist in the past. Indeed she offered to speak at future sessions.

Mrs Green requested something. “May I have that glass of fyboglass?” She did indeed, mean fybogel.



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