Here's the situation. Pt. BIBA for N/V/D onset that a.m.
In my initial note, I made a note that pt. requested bedpan on arrival, and described the contents; the amount, color, consistency.
An hour and a half later, pt. requested bedpan again, so I put it under her. Zone mate comes back from long lunch, starts to walk off without offering to cover *me*, I stop her and say "Hey, I'd like to go on break too...".
I report off to my zone mate, and it slips my mind that the patient is on the bedpan. Bad form, I know.
I return from my break, zone mate barely glances in my direction as she ducks into a patient room. I check my charts to find "1425 Pt. removed from bedpan" noted. Oh crap, I think, I totally forgot about that. I feel bad.
But then, I start to get angry. How passive aggressive of her to just chart "Pt. removed from bedpan" without mentioning the quantity, consistency, and color of the contents. What is the purpose of such a note? Plus, since I hadn't charted "1400 Pt. placed on bedpan" (which I wouldn't do anyway), one could argue that it looks like this is the same bedpan from my initial note two hours earlier!
Yes, I should have talked with her at the time. However, as with most days in the ED, we were getting our butts kicked, and I figured the LOM who couldn't breathe was probably a little more important.
I'd hate for anyone to think I'd leave a patient on a bedpan for two hours, and also, using the patient's chart to communicate in a passive aggressive way is inappropriate, and I think she needs to be called on that.
Now, I'm wondering....should I talk to her about it next time I see her, or let it go and be the wiser for it?