Olden Days of Nursing: Dialysis

I still remember the teenager but not his name or how long he had been getting peritoneal dialysis (PD). I recall him walking between his parents down the long hospital corridor. He was going home to die. A father with small children had preempted the teenager’s spot on the dialysis unit. Restricting patients was necessaryContinue reading “Olden Days of Nursing: Dialysis”

Olden Days of Nursing: Coronary Care Unit

  I helped open the first CCU in New Jersey in 1967. New monitoring technology and implementation of coronary-pulmonary resuscitation precipitated the development of CCUs across the country in order to reduce deaths from acute myocardial infarcts (AMI). Bethany Hospital in Kansas had opened the first CCU in the United States on May 20, 1962.Continue reading “Olden Days of Nursing: Coronary Care Unit”