WARNING: WORK TALK: NOT FOR THOSE WITH A WEAK STOMACH
The other day Kathy, who is also a nurse posted about something she overheard at work. Which leads me to my post today of something I saw at work.
Bilateral leg sores from knees to ankles, swollen and fluid filled macerated skin that was flaking away in layers with raw flesh exposed. The gauze bandages on these wounds were soaked with drainage from the sores and the drainage had dripped down into the slipper like shoes that were now soaked like a wet sponge that could be wrung out with wound broth. The feet were water logged from being in wet shoes for so long.
Another nurse had removed the bandages to examine the wounds, but it was shift change so the cleaning and redressing part was all mine. When she removed the old bandages she found maggots crawling in the sores. Yes I said maggots.
My first plan of action was to put some Vicks up my nose (great for avoiding bad smells), put on a mask and gown and tackle the job of cleaning up these legs. As I was scrubbing them with betadine and saline I removed several more maggots from the wounds and between the toes. It was so disgusting!
I know some nurses have seen this many of times, but it was a first for me and I just thought I'd share. Aren't you glad you read my blog today??