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Lumbar Puncture Procedure

Purpose: 1. To remove cerebrospinal fluid by gravity flow in order to: a. Secure specimen for diagnosis b. Relieve intracranial pressure c. Introduce drugs in therapy. d. Introduce air or opaque liquid before taking X-ray for diagnosis 2. To determine the pressure within the cerebrospinal canal. Point to Remember: Observe strict asepsis. See to it […]

Preparing the Skin for a Surgical Operation

I. Purpose: To make the skin as clean as possible with a minimum of irritation to prevent infection II. Preparation of the Patient and the Environment: Explain the procedure to the patient. Close the window if necessary Draw the curtains III. Equipment: Tray containing: Safety razor with new blade A bowl for soap solution A […]

Making a Recovery or Anesthetic Bed (Post-Operative Bed)

I. Purpose To provide warmth and comfort for the patient. To provide protection for the bed. To arrange the bed and other furniture in order to facilitate the transfer of the patient from stretcher to bed. II. Equipment The same linen as those used for making on occupied bed plus the following” Bath towel Small […]

Changing the Position of the Patient

I. In Dorsal Recumbent Position: Arrange the pillows in the order to support the weight of the shoulders and head. Relieve strain on the muscles of the back by supporting it, fill in the hollows with small pillows, small pads, or a hot water bottle partially filled with warm water. Relieve strain on the abdominal […]

Nursing Care of the Dying

Routine Procedures to be done as Symptoms of Approaching Death Develop: Notify the doctor. Notify relatives and friends. Call for priest or minister. Call supervisor and Headnurse. Provide privacy (by screening if in the ward). Procedure: Warm the cooling extremities by the application of blankets and prevent draft. See that the bedding is light in […]

Turning or Changing Mattress with the Patient in the Bed

Purpose: To make mattress even. To change a soiled or infected mattress Equipment: Linen required 3 pillows Procedure: Method I: (If the same mattress is to be used (2-3 nurses) : Replace the top sheet with the blanket, fold and hang if at the heck of the chair. Remove the pillows. Loosen the bed linen […]