Tonight in clinical we had something happen that none of us had an answer for. A pt. had purple urine. I am talking Barney the Dinosaur purple. Yes I saw it , and no I wasn't on anything!!!
Here's what I know, as it was not my pt., I was only there to assist.
Very obese pt--350 lbs. at least
addmitted w hyponatremia (I believe)
We had gone in to tidy her up as she had been bowel incontinent, and to change cath bag. As I watched, some dark, bloody urine drained, and then this bright purple. I was so shocked, I checked the tube to make sure that it was indeed the cath tube. Whatever it was coated the clear tube and completely blocked the foley, necessitating a change. None of the nurses could figure out the purple colour, though.