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  •  Eileen! OT (1+ / 0-)
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    I hope I'm not stalking, but I tried your suggestion about the isopropyl alcohol for nausea on 3 patients last nite it worked fast with all three. I didn't have to give any phenergan or other antiemetic (besides ipa) last night to these folks, ordinarily I would have given them something, but the ipa did the trick. I'm telling my coworkers about it. Thanks again for the tip. If you know of any other tricks like this please tell me. I'm a fairly new nurse <2 yrs, so I'm interested in looking for ways to improve my care.</p>

    •  That's AWESOME! (1+ / 0-)
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      Thanks so much for telling me. I wondered if it was psychosomatic or not; not that it matters since it works for me!

      I'm so glad it helped your patients. Isn't always good to use fewer drugs if possible? My dad was on 14 medications the summer before he died, and there's no doubt in my mind they caused the complications that he eventually died of. Not that drugs can't be miraculous....but the fewer we need the better. :)

      Next time I find a gem like this I'll stalk you right back to let you know. I have no health insurance, so I spend a lot of time trying to manage my health with my librarian skills.  Haven't seen a doc in about ten years and I'm still alive...most days.

      Again, thanks so much for telling me! It's very cool news.

      Silence is consent.

      by Eileen B on Fri Dec 04, 2009 at 12:13:09 AM PST

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      •  I'm not a doctor, but ... (0+ / 0-)

        isopropyl alcohol is toxic and you recommend ingesting it?

        Also to the parent of your comment, please let me know what your coworkers think of this 'cure.'

        •  please don't ingest it (1+ / 0-)
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          Eileen B

          orally. There are published articles showing use in hospitals in the east coast. It is to be inhaled.

        •  Several published studies (2+ / 0-)
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          Eileen B, RNinOR

          Pellegrini J, DeLoge J, Bennett J, Kelly J. Comparison of inhalation of isopropyl alcohol vs promethazine in the treatment of postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) in patients identified as at high risk for developing PONV. AANA J. 2009 ug;77(4):293-9.

          Merritt BA, Okyere CP, Jasinski DM. Isopropyl alcohol inhalation: alternative  treatment of postoperative nausea and vomiting. Nurs Res. 2002 Mar-Apr;51(2):125-8.

          Winston AW, Rinehart RS, Riley GP, Vacchiano CA, Pellegrini JE. Comparison of inhaled isopropyl alcohol and intravenous ondansetron for treatment of postoperative nausea. AANA J. 2003 Apr;71(2):127-32.

    •  Can you share the tip (1+ / 0-)
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      Eileen B

      I am an oncology nurse <2 years. I give out zofran all day to some patients on the med-surg half of floor.</p>

      •  the tip is (1+ / 0-)
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        inhalation of an alcohol swab will prevent nausea or vomiting. It tends to work faster than zofran or phenergan. There is an issue of scope of practice though since it could be considered a medication which would be outside our scope. I tend to argue against considering it to be a med since patients are incidentally inhaling ipa already when we are sterilizing their skin or iv hubs.

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