Old Wives Tales for the win!
What do you do for that patient who is actively retching while you're trying to get just a smidge of history? Yes, you order zofran (or reglan or compazine or ativan or what have you), but do you just come back in 15 minutes after the zofran has taken effect and rely on the emesis basin to do its dirty work? Check out this youtube video for a fun, cheap, and easy alternative! References: Beadle KL, Helbling AR, Love SL, April MD, Hunter CJ. Isopropyl Alcohol Nasal Inhalation