November 21, 1941, Public Assistance Journal and Health & Hospital Review
More on the treatment of gastric and duodenal ulcers. 'The first essential in the treatment of haematemesis is to keep the patient absolutely quiet. He is put to bed where he lies supline and still, the necessary nursing procedures being carried out with as little disturbance as possible. For several days (three or four) nothing whatever is given by the mouth, but every four hours a glucose saline is administered per rectum. It was formerly the custom to give the patient ice to suck. This is quite useless, as by the time dissolved ice reaches the stomach it is merely tepid water.
'A careful pulse chart must be kept and the blood pressure and haemoglobin percentage determined once or twice every 24 hours.'
Food was allowed, with dinner (at 1pm) able to include meat balls, timbale, broiled chops, omelette, fish balls, vegetable gratin, mashed potatoe, vegetable soups and stewed apricots. Yum.