A nice bouquet of cut flowers was a pleasant bedside diversion for the frequently long hospitalizations of yesteryear. Decades ago bedside flowers were a very common occurrence. We used to stack them on top of Gomco suction machines which had a perfectly sized flat surface for this purpose. I used to love viewing the beautiful, fragrant flowers perched over a huge glass bottle filled with offensive, purulent drainage on the suction machine. It was the hospital version of Yin and Yang.
Care of the cut flowers was frequently in the hands of nursing staff and with lengthy hospitalizations it was important to preserve them as long as possible. From the Old Fool RN whippersnapper enlightenment institute I am going to reveal an old time trick that really preserved those beautiful bouquets. This may sound whacky, but much like my Thanksgiving autoclave turkey trick, really did work. The proof is in the pudding as they say.
I have seen hospital bedside bouquets last for up to a week when their stems are submerged in that golden yellow miracle excrement. Perhaps with the ultra short hospitalizations and outpatient procedures this is not so important but it's always good to keep in mind when you have an extended hospitalization.