A Text-Book of General Therapeutics

A Text-Book of General Therapeutics

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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. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ... that can be got over by having the margin of the opening stiffened. Tubes with a number of perforations at the end should never be used, as they are almost certain to become blocked. Vith adults it is an advantage, and with children a necessity, to have an assistant to take charge of the funnel. While this is being turned down, some means, such as holding the hand over it, should be adopted to prevent any of the fluid from being spilt. The operation may be performed upon children either while they sit on the nurse's lap, or, if they are very young, while they are lying down. It is well to pass a towel round them, and by it to keep their arms fixed to the side of the chest, or they will be sure to catch hold of the tube. With them it is specially important to pass the tube quickly, for the back of the tongue and palate are very sensitive, and a paroxysm of coughing may be induced. As a rule, the younger the child the easier the operation. Those who make most fuss are often quiet when the tube is in the stomach; and when they cry much, it should be passed in one of the intervals between each cry. If none of the contents of the stomach flow when the funnel is depressed, probably some food or mucous membrane is blocking up the orifice; either shifting the tube a little or forcing water down it by pressing along it, usually overcomes this hindrance. If no difficulty is encountered, the stomach, each time the tube is passed may be washed out three or four times till the fluid returns clear. Patients can easily be taught to do it for themselves, and at some hospitals it is usual to take them in till they have learnt to perform the operation without any help; they are then sent home, and told to continue the washing, but to attend as...show more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236841875
  • 9781236841872