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Re: Carrying information

My apologies to the list for being off topic but......
I've been a nurse for 30 years and have seen very *few* "whacko" nurses in
time...a few grumpy ones, but seldom a "whacko" one.  In fact, the nurses that
I know (and have associated with over the years) are highly educated, highly
skilled, and very compassionate.  Throwing a label on a group of professionals
that literally save peoples lives every day in a very complex medical society
is truly uncalled for!


"JOHNFTULLY" < wrote"
>Just confirms my belief that the nursing profession can attract some really
>whacko individuals.  I hate that because I know of a few wonderful

> >>This isn't for everyone, I'm certain, but here's an idea...I know a nurse
> in
> >>Seattle who has her bloodtype, her allergies and her name tattoed on her
> >>chest. She also has the words "Do not resuscitate", meaning she doesn't
> want
> >>any extraordinary measures taken to extend her life should she need it.
> Sort
> >>of a living will? I think the idea of bloodtype and allergies tattooed
> where
> >>an EMT or a emergency room tech could see it is smart. If you are
> >>unconscious, such information could save precious seconds.
> >>Michelle
> >>
> >>
> >
> >This is a joke, right???  I can see blood type, but names and allergies
> >change.  There are so many new drugs on the market all of the time, there's
> >endless possibilities for future allergies.  And "Do not resuscitate" means
> >literally that...if you should ever have a heart attack, no one would be
> >able to do CPR -- and prompt CPR with subsequent follow-up medical/surgical
> >care is what saves lives.  DNR on a patients chart normally means that they
> >are terminally ill, or incredibly old and infirm, and resuscitating would
> >not have the desired outcome since they are expected to die soon.  The only
> >thing that you can do is to have a living will that would prevent someone
> >from maintaining you on life support when there's no hope of you living
> >with the machines or feedings turned off.
> >
> >A packet in the rider's fanny pack or an arm packet really sounds like a
> >good idea.  I carry my drivers license, my insurance card, and my list of
> >allergies, blood type, etc. in my fanny pack when I ride.  During a
> >competition, especially with people being so far away from regular medical
> >help, this would be a very helpful thing should someone fall (or have a
> >heart attack, stroke, etc.)
> >
> >Sue
Tyee Farm
Marysville, Wa.

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