Handbook for the Instruction of Attendants on the Insane

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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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...sides of the chest for two seconds more. These acts are to be steadily repeated alternately, and the process of artificial respiration by this means continued until medical aid arrives. aintsinca,e When poisons have been taken, vomiting may be encouraged oipoiioning. ky tickling the throat, and by the administration of warm water with a little mustard added to it. BEDSORES. Nothing is a surer test that careful attention is given by the Attendants to the sick-nursing in an Asylum than the absence of bedsores in those Patients liable to them, and the successful management of such sores, when, in spite oi every precaution, they do unfortunately occur. The Patients most liable to bedsores are those known in Asylums as General Paralytics, those suffering from other forms of paralysis, and those that, confined to bed for a lengthened period, have become extremely feeble and emaciated. Such casesrequire very special attention to the state of their skin and the bedding on which they lie. The under sheet should be kept smooth, free from crumbs, and as dry and clean as possible, and the position in which the Patient lies should be frequently altered The back should be examined daily and carefully cleaned, and a liniment, when such is provided for the purpose, regularly applied. When bedsores occur, they are to be managed as are other such wounds, but with an extra amount of care as to cleanliness, and with frequent change of dressings, which, from their situation, are apt soon to become foul. LAYING OUT THE DEAD. When a Patient dies, the eyelids are to be closed by gentle pressure with the fingers, and a bandage applied under the lower jaw to support it. The limbs are to be straightened out, the arms placed by the sides, and the lower extremities...

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