"Funny Codes"? - page 2

One night we got a new admission into ICU from ER. It was a female patient being admitted with COPD in her 40's. She did not appear to be in distress and was able to talk with o2 on vital signs... Read More

  1. by   muffie
    now ruby, that story takes the cake

    that thar bath done kilt her
  2. by   eltrip
    And I was just telling my daughter yesterday that back in Medieval times, it was thought that bathing would kill you...didn't realize that it could actually hold true!:roll :roll :roll
  3. by   weesyanne
    This isn't really a code story, but it was funny to me and my coworker at the time, so here goes:

    We had these two older debilitated ladies in a semi-private room and the lady in "B" bed died one night. She was a DNR, so that wasn't an issue. We called the funeral home to retrieve the body after doing all the appropriate paperwork, making all the necessary calls, etc. When the funeral home workers arrived in the middle of the night, one of them was a fairly young man and the other an older man, probably one of the owners. They were asking the location of the body and my coworker Mary told them, "Be sure to get the one that's dead, not the one that just looks dead". We all burst out laughing EXCEPT for the older funeral home director, who had this really horrified expression on his face!:uhoh21:

    I know this may sound really awful, but I am remembering this today because that coworker, Mary, passed away last year. I will never forget her or that warped sense of humor that she had and what a joy she was to work with.
  4. by   ritarunningfeet
    Ruby that story is GREAT!!! I almost pee'd myself laughing so hard :chuckle
  5. by   Dorito
    Quote from weesyanne
    This isn't really a code story, but it was funny to me and my coworker at the time, so here goes:

    We had these two older debilitated ladies in a semi-private room and the lady in "B" bed died one night. She was a DNR, so that wasn't an issue. We called the funeral home to retrieve the body after doing all the appropriate paperwork, making all the necessary calls, etc. When the funeral home workers arrived in the middle of the night, one of them was a fairly young man and the other an older man, probably one of the owners. They were asking the location of the body and my coworker Mary told them, "Be sure to get the one that's dead, not the one that just looks dead". We all burst out laughing EXCEPT for the older funeral home director, who had this really horrified expression on his face!:uhoh21:

    I know this may sound really awful, but I am remembering this today because that coworker, Mary, passed away last year. I will never forget her or that warped sense of humor that she had and what a joy she was to work with.

    We actually had a funeral home worker start to load up the "un-dead" one. You really had to look close to tell the difference. Thank goodness the nurse walked in when she did to correct him! (It's not really awful....we were snickering too)...
  6. by   muffie
    2nd hand from my colleagues about 15 years ago...

    the married boyfriend visitor of a pt coded in the pt lounge
    his face hit the wall and turned purple and his toupee flew off as he hit the floor

    he had been in 3rd degree hb all day

    supervisor had to phone his wife to pick up his car

    how do you splain that one ?????
  7. by   lupin
    I've only been through two codes so far and both times I've made a fool of myself....
    The first code was on a pt who had a flaming uti and pyloric nephritis who turned septic then coded on us. We had a brand spanking new grad on the floor who came running with an ambu bag and started squeezing it onto this woman's face immediately. Only thing was it was a peds ambu mask and didn't cover her nose and mouth. Then one of the docs said to push a bag of saline, well, there's me next to the IV pump and I switched her d51/2 for ns, tossing the d5 bag behind me. When I got out to the hallway, I realized my whole back was soaking wet from me throwing the bag of d5 over my shoulder. I was wearing yellow and EVERYone could see my underwear.
    Same new nurse, different situation. We have a rapid response team that we call for pts who are circling the drain to help stop codes before they happen. Our night supervisor leaves at 4am on Thursdays. She had just left and I heard a rapid responders code called for our adjoining unit with this new nurse there. I was the only RN on that side so I went over to help out. The new grad had called a rapid response on a new admit COPD exacerbation BECAUSE SHE WAS BREATHING HARD!!!!:trout:
    LAst story. I got a patella fx admit on night shift. Pretty routine admit, got up to our floor at midnight had had MSO4 in the ER about nine, was alert and oriented, HTN was only hx. I had just finished my admit orders and paperwork when his light when on and the night supervisor went to check on him. She comes running up to the station and asks how much pain medicine had I given him to which I replied none. He was diaphoretic, with that 100 yard stare, unable to respond, BS 141, BP 58/38, pulse 70. So we call rapid responders and while I was with him just grabbed him by the shoulders and started saying, HEY stay with us! We ended up sending him to our ICU unit because no one could figure it out what was wrong with him. Halfway down to ICU he starts it again, going diaphoretic, unresponsive, and I started yelling at him again to stay with us. After he was transferred and we got him back to responding to us, everyone started laughing at me saying, stay with us, stay with us. What can I say? I just freaked because the dude wasn't responding right. But he's still around and the doc who transferred him will see me and ask if I'm saving anymore pts' by shear will.
  8. by   subee
    Quote from muffie
    2nd hand from my colleagues about 15 years ago...

    the married boyfriend visitor of a pt coded in the pt lounge
    his face hit the wall and turned purple and his toupee flew off as he hit the floor

    he had been in 3rd degree hb all day

    supervisor had to phone his wife to pick up his car

    how do you splain that one ?????

    Oh, please stop, my mascara is running. I have a rotten cold and when I laugh so hard it makes me cough. Keep them coming.
  9. by   ccusherry
    This is not quite a code but the patient came very close. A 40ish man came to our ER c/o not feeling right. He looked very pale so the intake nurse sent hom right through to the ER. I normally do not work there but was helping out as they were extremely busy. We got him connected to the monitor and the tracing looked bad, got an EKG which showed an inferior MI. To make a long story short, the ER doc was a very vain man, never a hair out of place, very arrogant and condescending to the patients. He had a thing for shoes, his were always polished and perfect. Well, the patient was deteriorating and the doc was examining him. The patient kept saying that he did not feel well and the doc kept saying you'll be ok. Well, next thing you knew, the patient said I don't feel well and the doc started to say "You'll be OK" when the patient turned his head toward the doc and started to vomit profusely. The look on the doc's face......I felt sorry for him. It had ran over the front of the doc's clothes and even into his shoes. YUCK!!!!!
  10. by   Rabid Badger
    Oh where to start. We have so many codes, and there is something to laugh about after every one.

    Not long ago a bunch of us were out for breakfast and one of my coworkers started telling a story about how she had been involved in a code and could NOT figure out how to get the pressure bags going. She felt stupid, it was right on the bag, and a simple stopcock lever, but she couldnt figure it out.

    The very next day after our breakfast, she has a patient go into sudden shock for no apparent reason, calls me in and says "um i think I might need help, can you come in here?" We go in and that patient is in dire trouble, by the time we got the O2 flush we were no longer able to get sats and her pulse was fading fast. We called a code, and the poor med clerk arrived and just stood there, nooooo clue what to do while we started bagging and setting up. ICU team arrived and we worked on the patient for a good hour. I started pressure bagging units and units of PRBCs into the patient. My coworker comes up and starts trying to set up pentaspan and saline to pressure bag and she gives me that look. We both burst out laughing because, you guessed it, she couldn't remember how to pressure bag. So here we are in the middle of a code laughing our butts off looking like idiots and we couldnt stop. Turns out we ended up taking the fluids out of pressure bags and just squeezing the fluids in because her circulation was nil.

    After 2 hours of that crap, we were able to sent her E1 to the OR, where they found a massive gi hemmorhage. They said they opened the patient up and blood just came shooting out.

    On the other hand, I have had a DNR death once, and while we were discussing it at the desk, phlebotomy came in and tried to draw bood from the patient, couldnt figure out why they couldnt get a good stick. We had a god laugh about that one.
  11. by   Jvilleredhead
    This isn't really a code, but still funny second hand story. An LPN who trained me was telling me about the "old" days in nursing school clinicals. Her instructor called her over, told her to take the patients blood pressure in Room whatever and then come tell her what it is. Now she's really nervous new student, goes in and tries like 4 times to get this lady's pressure. She comes back out and the instructor looks at her with eyebrows raised and says, "Well, what is it" She decided to be honest and told her she couldn't tell her cause she really had trouble with it. Instructor of course looked at her sternly....paused for a minute...then said "Good job, cause that pt is dead"

    What a mean instructor!!! But I guess she kinda had a sense of humor.
  12. by   nursedawn67
    Quote from banditrn
    There were several of us that started at the same time on the same floor - one day a code was called, and one of our co-workers (who was known for being rather intense - and also a bit large) came RUNNING into the room, LEAPT onto the bed, which for some reason wasn't locked - and the whole bed went sliding across the room into the bed of the other patient!

    I know I'm sick, cause these stories have me laughing!
    Now I have heard it all....bed surfiing during a code! :roll
  13. by   nursedawn67
    Quote from muffie
    now ruby, that story takes the cake

    that thar bath done kilt her

    Maybe all that dirt is what was holding the poor women together????

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