I owe you an explanation....
September 10, 2016 7:45am CST
I work as a Hyperbaric Wound Nurse. Most people don't know what that is. Expectedly, they would either give me a confused look like I just said something in a totally different language, or they just give me an oblivious "oh, okay". It is a specialized field where most of our patients have wounds or ulcers that are very slow healing due to diabetes, or poor blood circulation, sometimes accompanied by massive infection, amongst others. We place them in a chamber, subject them to pressure similar to 10 metres below sea level, and let them breathe 100% oxygen. It is the same chamber that has the capacity to treat divers who've had the " bends" or "decompression illness". Although we don't do that kind of procedure there. Just as I thought, most people do not even know that we exist until then. Do you sometimes have to explain the kind of job you have to other people?
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10 Sep 16
It is quite interesting actually - the number of patients who have never seen any remedy for their wounds and suddenly responding and seeing results. It is exactly the same chamber you can use for bends. Except that I think they would increase the pressure, and length of time. But we don't use it for that. It can. But we don't.
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• Hangzhou, China
10 Sep 16
I did not know about this kind of job you are engaged in till I read about your explanation. Well, I am a teacher and it is easy for everyone to understand what I am talking about . Sometimes I tell them what subjects I teach to make it easier for them to understand.
• Saudi Arabia
10 Sep 16
When I read your first line I thought youre joking with your term hyperbarbaric What I only know is trauma nurse or surgery nurse.. I think Im already outdated with nursing specializations. Yes I think its part or a way of nursing teaching to explain to people or patients that will be asking what is it about our job or specialization, how we carry it out and how it differs from other areas of nursing.
• Garden Grove, California
17 Sep 16
not when I worked as a nurses aide but as a page in the library I had to exlplain as I shelved media and did all errands asked of me. as a diabetic I do know all about hyprbaric as I almost landed in one because of the mess on my legs but the doctors at the hyperbaric place also had a marvelous cream that cleared up the oozing 'rash that had turned t o beginning cellulitis and I was spared
@Hatley Yes, true. Sometimes, if external treatment works, we usually save you from having to go into the chamber as that entails a huge deal of commitment. I'm glad they found the right stuff for your leg. Library work always fascinated me as I was a book lover when I was younger. Lately I'm just slack.
12 Sep 16
Cool job. I used to have tenants living with me back then because our ancestral house was empty for a while when all my mom's siblings have moved out and settled in their own homes. So even if I did not have a paid nursing career, I was able to survive purely on rental fees that I collected. I find the need to explain my current job because as I have said, only a very few number of people know what it is. Yes some get intrigued, curious, or some just need to understand what it is. Especially if a patient can definitely benefit from it.
11 Sep 16
I am not very sure. Hyperbaric is not a very common field. There are also no 100% promises of cure. Also it is a very expensive treatment. Unless your government subsidises the fees, I don't think patients will ever resort to this. The best thing for diabetic patients still is balanced diet, exercise, medication compliance. And what I find is that daily foot inspection and foot care is very essential. Most diabetic patients don't realize they have feet ulcers until it's too late. It is very preventable.