Sep 01, 2013 - 11:23 am
Friday afternoon I had eye surgery at a private surgical hospital. (Long story that I won't go into publically now, other than to say my current DR is FANTASTIC.)
Anyway - so many say that they have had issues with staff not knowing correct handling of those with LE (LymphEdema).
I had my sleeve/glove on when I got there and checking in. I asked if they wanted me to take it off and was told No. Then they put my arm bands on very loosely on that arm - my pt ID, my allergies band AND a LARGE band stating NO B/P or IV or STICKS. Pre surgery and surgery (just twilight and a nerve block for eye), my other arm was used for B/P and IV but after surgery I had to lay on that side so when I was in recovery the RN came in with a leg cuff to do my B/Ps! No questions about it - they knew what they were doing.
Oh for those of you who have 'bad' veins and pain from getting hand/wrist veins - you might ask about numbing before being 'hit'. I have great veins but the RN who started my IV in the vein above my wrist gave me a very small numbing shot to the area before accessing the vein (which can hurt) and I felt nothing from the access. Just a thought 'you' might ask about.
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