Blue skin

  1. 16 So a pt came in with report of cyanosis from waist up. Pt is talking and walking fine, 97% on room air, no pain or change in mental status. The triage nurse is freaking out, but something isn't right. I notice some of his hair is blue as well. Turns out he was playing shuffleboard out in the Florida sun, with a brand new polo shirt on, blue in colour. Crisis averted.
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  3. Visit  thelema13 profile page

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    thelema13 has '3' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'ED'. From 'Florida'; Joined Jun '11; Posts: 286; Likes: 359.

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  4. Visit  nursel56 profile page
    It's a good thing it wasn't a grey-haired lady who used one of those bluish hair rinses or the diagnosis would've been further delayed! lol!
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  5. Visit  imintrouble profile page
    Quote from nursel56
    It's a good thing it wasn't a grey-haired lady who used one of those bluish hair rinses or the diagnosis would've been further delayed! lol!
    We call those stylish ladies "blue hairs".
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  6. Visit  Pixie.RN profile page
    Had a third-party caller call 911 for one of our town drinkers who was out in the cold/rain ... "His hands are blue!" EMS brought him in, and sure enough ... he'd had his hands in the pockets of his new blue jeans that got wet in the rain. The blue came right off with some alcohol, and not the drinking kind! Hahaha.
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  7. Visit  Anna Flaxis profile page
    Ever see someone turn blue from taking colloidal silver?
  8. Visit  CupcakeChristine profile page
    That's hilarious. I hope this happens to me one day! In the pt history, pt states he was wearing a blue shirt yesterday! :P
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  9. Visit  rn/writer profile page
    Don't let NANDA hear about this situation, or they'll come up with some lame nursing diagnosis for it.
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  10. Visit  Ivanna_Nurse profile page
    Lol I'm sure you'll remember this case for awhile..... Ivanna
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  11. Visit  brian profile page
    Too funny! LOL! Thanks for sharing.
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  12. Visit  Esme12 profile page
    Quote from ~*Stargazer*~
    Ever see someone turn blue from taking colloidal silver?
    Yes.......once, very impressive! I had recently seen someone on TV with it so when I told the ED MD we all laughed.....who knew TV would actually yeild useable information.
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  13. Visit  merlee profile page
    I have always planned on being a little old lady with blue hair, but here I am, almost 60, and I'm still doing it auburn. When am I officially old enough to go for the blue???

    And I remember that blue-skinned man who made the news a few years ago. Looked exactly like Papa Smurf, beard and all!!
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  14. Visit  thelema13 profile page
    I actually asked him if he was taking any OTC containing silver, or if he had liver problems. The blue discoloration came off with ETOH wipes and some wet washcloths. Would've given a whole new meaning to 'code blue'!
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  15. Visit  ChristinP profile page
    Just goes to show you - you have to look at the whole picture!

    reminds me of a situation with a 5 y/o who c/o head pain and there were tears. Her teacher brought her down to our nurses office and my RN wanted me do a everything from a temp to a neuro check. The mom in me took one look at her and I knew pig tails were too tight. LOL
    I did enjoy the big hug and thank-you from that little girl. One of my favorite nursing moments.

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