Worst thing you have seen - page 2

Hi all, Burn unit is another one of my intersts. I was just wondering, what is the worst thing you have seen?(most disgusting, saddest ect...) Thank you Lookin' Forward to your... Read More

  1. by   Stitchie
    Oh Fran, that makes me so sad. Some parents don't realize how wonderful the gift of children really is.

    I guess in some ways now that we can take action against those who allow abuse to continue in some ways protects those poor innocent children, even though it may be too late to save that little girl.

    These stories just break my heart; I have to stop reading them!
  2. by   redwinggirlie
    100 percent TBSA due to suicide attempt with kerosene. No genitals, ears, eyes sealed shut, fingers hanging by charred skin and bone. The patient lasted six hours. Just terrible.
  3. by   OCCHCanada
    A 9 month pregnant 19 yo, rollover MVA. Caught under vehicle with dripping radiator fluid onto her face, neck, chest, arms. She knew her baby had died and laid there trapped for about an hour until resuced.
    Baby was delivered spontaneously on route to emergency. She woke up with no lips, nose, one ear and no baby.
    We all cried over that one.
  4. by   vaughanmk
    The worst one I experienced was a nine month old boy. Mom was at work and her boyfriend was getting ready for church. After his bath he set him on the bed, left the room to get clothes. When he came back the child had pooped all over himself and the bedspread. The boyfriend got so mad that the had to bathe the child again that he turned the hot water all the way on. The child ended up with full thickness burns over 50% of his body and second degree over 20%. After three months of treatment, including 4 rounds of grafting, he was realeased back to mom and the boyfriend.

    The reason I know exactly how that happened was because the boyfriend admitted it to the police. The mom "just couldn't believe he could do that, the police must be lying." Therefore nothing was ever done about the case.

    I cried the day we sent that baby home with his abusers. Luckily he wouldn't remember the experience but would have to live a lifetime of reconstructive surgeries to release the scar tissue as he grew up.
  5. by   Lisi-LPN
    I have seen a couple of sad cases on my floor. We (actually in the last few months) have had two people come in for Steven Johnsons related to allergic reations to meds that were considered burns. We discharged on lady in April who had been here since September because her ex-husband (maybe ex boyfriend I can't quite remember) set the house on fire killing her mentally challenged 13 yo son. she went in to save him and that gave her 80%BSA burns. I think the only places she wasn't burned was in a fold in her abdomen and well that's about it. We also have a 21 yo who was in the backseat of a car, and the driver to evade police went on a high speed chase and ended up hitting a tree. the driver and passenger died and he has 40%BSA burns to his legs. He has a girlfriend who is 6mo pregnant with their son too. Then we get dummies like this one guy who was drunk and fell into his campfire. Came in with a .41 ETOH level. It is definitely an experience though. We are one of our regions only Burn Centers, we have a Burn Trauma Unit and we are the only Level 1 Trauma center so we get to see a LOT. And I am just shy of a year out of school so it's been a great learning experience.
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  7. by   FranEMTnurse
    In March of 1964, our house burned to the ground.

    My younger sister was in the hospital with second degree burns to her hands, and smoke inhalation for about 4 weeks. She was the fortunate one. You also would not know she had been burned.
    My grandfather was found under his bed. They said he died of smoke inhalation, and my mother was burned over 40% of her body.

    My mother got the worst end of the deal. She was burned over 40% of her body. There were no burn units then to my knowledge. But the family doctor who I will call, "Dr. Grunt" because he was one of the bad guys. Well anyway, he wrapped my mother in ace bandages wherever she was burned. She died at 04:00 the next morning.
  8. by   gwenith
    How awful for you Frances!!! They would not have known then about how to deal with burns properly but that sounds - well not the right treatment even for those days.
  9. by   teeituptom
    The worst one I ever saw

    was over 20 yrs ago, I was in ICU then. A young man had been struck with lightning. Major burns, shirt buttons melted and burned into him, the zipper melted and burned into his genitalia, brain damaged. 90 percent burns. The hosp that normally takes burns was all full and couldnt take him, so they sent him to SICU. I was the recieving RN. surgeon was with him, we were cleanining and debriding him, Then I saw a tatoo on him. He was no longer a John Doe that came in unrecognizably burnt.

    He was my Brother in Law
  10. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from teeituptom
    The worst one I ever saw

    was over 20 yrs ago, I was in ICU then. A young man had been struck with lightning. Major burns, shirt buttons melted and burned into him, the zipper melted and burned into his genitalia, brain damaged. 90 percent burns. The hosp that normally takes burns was all full and couldnt take him, so they sent him to SICU. I was the recieving RN. surgeon was with him, we were cleanining and debriding him, Then I saw a tatoo on him. He was no longer a John Doe that came in unrecognizably burnt.

    He was my Brother in Law
    How horrible, Tom. Did he live? Or was he so extensively burned, he died?
  11. by   Energizer Bunny
    Quote from Frances LeMay
    In March of 1964, our house burned to the ground.

    My younger sister was in the hospital with second degree burns to her hands, and smoke inhalation for about 4 weeks. She was the fortunate one. You also would not know she had been burned.
    My grandfather was found under his bed. They said he died of smoke inhalation, and my mother was burned over 40% of her body.

    My mother got the worst end of the deal. She was burned over 40% of her body. There were no burn units then to my knowledge. But the family doctor who I will call, "Dr. Grunt" because he was one of the bad guys. Well anyway, he wrapped my mother in ace bandages wherever she was burned. She died at 04:00 the next morning.
    OMG Fran! I did not know this!!! I'm so sorry. I have got to get time to read your book!
  12. by   Energizer Bunny
    Quote from teeituptom
    The worst one I ever saw

    was over 20 yrs ago, I was in ICU then. A young man had been struck with lightning. Major burns, shirt buttons melted and burned into him, the zipper melted and burned into his genitalia, brain damaged. 90 percent burns. The hosp that normally takes burns was all full and couldnt take him, so they sent him to SICU. I was the recieving RN. surgeon was with him, we were cleanining and debriding him, Then I saw a tatoo on him. He was no longer a John Doe that came in unrecognizably burnt.

    He was my Brother in Law
    Oh, Tom, how horrible! I'm so sorry.
  13. by   teeituptom
    Quote from Frances LeMay
    How horrible, Tom. Did he live? Or was he so extensively burned, he died?

    He lasted 3 days
    there was a miracle attached to it though
    his son was hit by the same lightning strike
    after having been through 3 rounds of chemo and rad therapy for leukemia
    he has been in remission ever since and is still doing well todaym who says there isnt a god

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