Ortho Trauma OR RN here, Many times I see people at their absolute worst…severe pain, life threatening injuries, possible legal trouble, scared…the list goes on. Anyway, I try to make them smile or laugh. When I’m checking in an 80 year old man who fell and broke his hip, I’ll ask him if he took his belly button ring out or if he could be pregnant. It’s such a silly question they will usually laugh. I also try to give a running commentary while we are getting them off to sleep just to let them know why we are swarming them and tell them the safety belt is to remind them to keep their hands and feet inside the ride at all times, again just a silly little thing but something to ease their fears. If I can make you laugh before surgery, maybe they’ll have a better experience and not a fearful one.
- HP September 22, 2015