Ellen Newbold La Motte - Tuberculosis Nurse. PDF

PDF This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...the preventive measures which at first so strongly appeal to them, and which in the beginning they apply with boundless enthusiasm, we should have comparatively little difficulty. But the disease is chronic and slow; the scare wears off, and the cry of "Wolf, Wolf" loses its value. And then follows a relaxation of prophylactic measures. Each time the nurse must stir them up anew—encourage, threaten, alarm, coax, bribe, —do everything in her power to awaken them from their mental apathy and drowsiness, which, as in morphia poisoning, precedes death. CHAPTER XI Inspection of the House—The Patient's Bedroom—Porches—Gardens and Tents—Flat Roofs—Clothing and Bedclothing—Artificial Heat—Rest—Fresh Air—Food—Cooking—The Bedridden Patient. Inspection of the House. On her first visit the nurse must inspect every room in the patient's home, with a view to knowing what possibilities it affords for treatment and isolation. Some contain no facilities whatsoever; some but meagre ones, while in others may be found excellent opportunities which the patient must be taught to use. Before advising any change or rearrangement, several factors must be considered: the stage of the disease, number in family, financial condition, home surroundings and the institutional facilities of the community. The course to be taken depends whether or not there is a hospital, or whether or not the patient must wait some time before admission. The first object is the protection of the family, but all those measures which bring this about, offer at the same time the maximum advantage to the patient himself. To remove him to an institution is the best way to accomplish both ends. If this cannot be done, the nurse must endeavour to secure conditions in the...

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