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Posted 03 December 2013 - 12:40 PM
A show of hands, please...
How many of us has ever walked in on a patient, no matter the call assignment, and found the patient, or even a family member, smoking a cigarette, cigar, or pipe, while sucking oxygen from mask or cannula?
Me, for one.
I've seen it plenty of times. It happens in the hospital too. I've seen people out in the snow in their hospital gowns, IV pole in hand who were smoking.
Posted 03 December 2013 - 02:00 PM
Richard seen it tons. Even had one patient who recieved facial burns from it and continued doing it on a daily basis (home oxygen use, cpap and NRB no cannula).
Posted 03 December 2013 - 03:03 PM
had an ole fella who looked like one of the ZZ top boys with the long beard. 4 pack/ day lifelong smoker and on O's 24/7.
Set himself & his car on fire after sparking up his lighter. Apparently the beard became saturated with oxygen and the flash took off like a jet engine. Luckily he didn't survive as his face was just toast.
You never forget THAT smell !
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