Great moments in bad judgement - page 5

by emtb2rn

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    Young Soldier (Gods bless Privates...) finds a training UXO (unexplored ordinance). Tries to detonate said UXO, no luck. Takes it back to camp. Tinkers with it some more. Tries again to detonate it, no luck. Dismantles it some, tinkers some more. It finally detonates, while he's holding it of course. Fortunately he had thick leather gloves on, which took a large amount of the thermal damage. One was half gone, half fused to his hand. Remarkably, he retained all his fingers but won himself a lengthy round of wound care...As he was explaining the saga during triage, he stopped at one point and said "Now that I'm saying all this it was a pretty dumb idea Ma'am..."Yes honey, yes it was.
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    The RN (me) that turned around and punched the wall after a patient/bed combo rolled over right foot. Boxer's fx and great toe fx, and a worker's comp claim in the works. Wonder how that will go?
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    Quote from thelema13
    The RN (me) that turned around and punched the wall after a patient/bed combo rolled over right foot. Boxer's fx and great toe fx, and a worker's comp claim in the works. Wonder how that will go?
    Ouch!! Note to self: Always hit wall with open hand, not fist!
    Isn't this job sooooo rewarding
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    Quote from Dixielee
    Ouch!! Note to self: Always hit wall with open hand, not fist!Isn't this job sooooo rewarding
    Haaaaaahaaa! I had an x-ray tech roll a portable, broke my big right toe, ed docs thought this was hilarious and wanted to resus. my toe and defib it, then they had the same tech with same portable xray my foot, as they all thought this was hilarious since I was the charge nurse, I still give those same docs hell.
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    Hah! I was going to make the same comment about "usually male".
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    Male teenager trying to explain how he "fell" onto a curtain rod, impaling it in his anus.
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    Male teenager trying to explain how he "fell" onto a curtain rod, impaling it in his anus. >>>


    was he playing spiderman???? LOL
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    Quote from That Guy
    *insert object name here* inserted squarely up the butt......"I fell on it". Uh huh you have barbie dolls just littered around your house huh.
    I had a patient with a carrot....they said it was an accident.......I said sure.....like you slipped and fell Butt naked in the vegetable bin..... Yeah right...
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    Quote from nursemae
    Young Soldier (Gods bless Privates...) finds a training UXO (unexplored ordinance). Tries to detonate said UXO, no luck. Takes it back to camp. Tinkers with it some more. Tries again to detonate it, no luck. Dismantles it some, tinkers some more. It finally detonates, while he's holding it of course. Fortunately he had thick leather gloves on, which took a large amount of the thermal damage. One was half gone, half fused to his hand. Remarkably, he retained all his fingers but won himself a lengthy round of wound care...As he was explaining the saga during triage, he stopped at one point and said "Now that I'm saying all this it was a pretty dumb idea Ma'am..."Yes honey, yes it was.
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    Quote from LilyRoseRN
    Had a 50-something year old male patient s/p carotid endarterectomy from Yugoslavia who spoke very little English. Usually very simple patients, they go home the day after surgery. The morning after surgery, he gestures that he wants to go in the bathroom. I was a new nurse, very busy with my other 3 stepdown patients, so I help him into the bathroom thinking he either has to have a BM or just wants to wash up a bit. He ambulates perfectly, I wasn't worried about him at all. He had a Foley, so he must know that he can't pee, right?

    Wrong.

    After noticing he'd been in the bathroom for about 5 minutes, I knock to see if he's ok and open the door to what looks like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, blood everywhere, and one very sheepish looking patient holding the Foley that he RIPPED OUT, balloon intact, saying, "I sorry, I sorry!" One GU consult and coude catheter placement later, his wife arrived and I had to explain why he would be going home much later that day, and with a catheter for several days. Then followed a loud string of what I assume was Yugoslavian expletives in what could only be described as the international wife-to-husband language of "You f***** idiot!!!"
    I've seen this senario.....
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