What exactly defines a code brown? If we're just talking about incontinence, code browns take up a good chunk of my work day. The very first time I cleaned an incontinent patient, I was in nursing school
and in the ER. I gagged. The nurse I was following asked if I was okay. I said yes, held my breath, and pressed on.
When I think of code brown, I think of ZOMG poop everywhere. I first experienced this in nursing school as well. A patient got up to go to the bathroom with explosive diarrhea and didn't make it. Four of us were in there cleaning it up for a good 20 minutes. When we were done, housekeeping had to be called to change the privacy curtains. It was yucky, but I just helped clean it up. The patient was very embarrassed and I explained that his medications could cause diarrhea and it wasn't his fault.
Another code brown occurred at my current job. It was change of shift, I was coming on in the morning. The night nurse and I did our walking rounds and found a post-stroke patient with her rectal tube in her hand, squeezing it, milking all the poop all over herself, the bed, the floor.... We got help from the CNAs and cleaned her up, inserted a new rectal tube after making sure there was no trauma to her rectum from pulling the tube out. Later that day, I got a squishy squeeze ball thing from PT/OT for her to hold onto.