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Post  andrew Tue Oct 12, 2021 12:20 pm

With the closure of the LHS (20+ miles), the nearest shop is near 100 miles distant, consequently I'm always on the lookout for substitute parts or on the interweb shopping. I recently took a friend for cataract surgery and when he returned to the prep station, he was wearing an oxygen cannula (not needed, just policy). On leaving, I asked the nurse if I could have the cannula and associated tubing.

This morning, I had pulled a black widow apart, suspecting the pickup tube had come loose -- it was small diameter silicone tubing and had popped off. Remembering (more and more difficult now) the oxygen tubing, I tried it. It took some effort to get it on and even more effort to pull it off. The cannula tubing is clear; the longer tubing that ran to a wall valve was translucent green with two tubes of different diameter. The smaller diameter tubing also fit well and tightly. Both were quite flexible and would bend without kinking.

I don't know how it will hold up over time, but it can't be any worse that the original tubing that Leroy used. Either way, if it stays put for a season, I'm good with it, it was free and I have a lifetime supply.

While not wishing any of you or your friends ill, you might nab some if the opportunity arises.
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Post  Marleysky Tue Oct 12, 2021 2:56 pm

Great minds do think alike. My wife just had a TKR total knee replacement. She, as she's packing up from her overnight stay, grabs all the tubes and hoses that were connected to her. Being a (retired) hospital employee she knows they (ES environmental services) will just dispose of any and everything that was used to connected her. So, we did end up with some vacuum tube ( suck and blow test reed valves) and the nose canulla for fuel tube and tank pick-up tubes. Yeah, a lifetime supply for sure! Certainly can't be any worse than the 45-60year old stuff inside some of those BB tanks!! Oh yeah, you think it's "free" until we get the bill...HA, HA, HA !
Getting hosed for some free tubes!
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Post  gkamysz Tue Oct 12, 2021 3:30 pm

Don't forget the tools! I've read that dentists don't reuse burrs, thought they will be 2 or 3mm shank. Also, most hospitals clinics also don't reuse common forceps and scissors. Of course, the couple times I had the unfortunate opportunity at the hospital, I forgot to ask.
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Post  706jim Tue Oct 12, 2021 11:51 pm

No bill for knee replacement in Canada (smile!)
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Post  Lukemiester Wed Oct 13, 2021 12:44 am

I, too request to take the stuff when I or my dad goes to some medical place, though not very often, thankfully. Mostly syringes.
Nice to have extras tongue
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Post  FlipStart Wed Oct 13, 2021 1:27 am

That's cool! That reminds me so much of my dad. He was a re-purpose guy for sure. If he could make something out of pieces of stuff that was something else in an earlier life he would do it. He grew up during the great depression and learned tp be frugal than and retained that through his life. Not that he wouldn't buy new stuff sometimes too. He would save all kinds of things many people would just toss out. Now-a-days it's crazy what people through out. I just half to turn my head away as I walk by the 2 dumpsters on this end of the apartment complex. It's really sad the waste.

I was in a big surgery in 2015 but didn't think to ask for any of the leftovers. Oh Well.
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Post  balogh Wed Oct 13, 2021 3:50 am

Just to demonstrate that we are many here on CEF = Cox Engine Frugals:

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Picked this stuff up - less the engine and keyboard! - a few years ago from a hospital where a relative was an in-patient. Smile
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Post  getback Wed Oct 13, 2021 5:10 am

that's cool stuff , only thing i seen at my last office visit i wanted to bring home was the assistant intern she has a tuss that want quit ! Wink Just a check up Smoking
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Post  rsv1cox Wed Oct 13, 2021 7:33 am

@getback wrote:that's cool stuff , only thing i seen at my last office visit i wanted to bring home was the assistant intern she has a tuss that want quit ! Wink Just a check up Smoking

wanted to bring home was the assistant intern she has a tuss that want quit !

You need a check-up from the neck-up Eric!!! Smile Smile Smile Smile
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