Destruction at work: What have YOU broken? - page 2

i got the idea for this thread from another thread, and rather than hijack the thread about "financial damage at work" i thought i'd start a new one. i suspect we all have funny stories about... Read More

  1. by   TheCommuter
    I accidentally broke a glucometer by dropping it on the floor.

    I also jammed the fax machine hopelessly.....
  2. by   medsurgnights
    Dropped a glass morphine PCA vial (oh the paperwork that followed that!).also got my hand caught at the base of an ortho bed between the frame and the trapeze base and broke my watch trying to release my hand. The patient had a good laugh at that one
  3. by   LeahJet
    I dropped a portable monitor while transporting a patient. Dummy me put it on the side rail and when I pushed the patient out of the elevator, the monitor decided to stay behind.

    I was actually commended for telling someone about it. It seems it happens a lot and people don't fess up to it. Someone else finds out the next time they try to use it I guess!
  4. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from leahjet
    i dropped a portable monitor while transporting a patient. dummy me put it on the side rail and when i pushed the patient out of the elevator, the monitor decided to stay behind.

    i was actually commended for telling someone about it. it seems it happens a lot and people don't fess up to it. someone else finds out the next time they try to use it i guess!
    [font="comic sans ms"]usually when i break something, there's no hiding from it. it's so spectacular that everyone sees or knows about it!
  5. by   bethin
    I once broke a door handle. Walked by our soiled utility room wondering why the door was wide open for all to see our mess. I walk in and close the door behind me. Did some cleaning, tried to open the door. The handle came off in my hand. I was stuck in there for 30 mins until someone heard me yelling. Obviously, the door was propped open because the handle was broken but no one put up a sign.

    Also, I've knocked over so many IV pumps on poles it isn't funny. When they hit the floor it sounds like an earthquake.
  6. by   UM Review RN
    I usually wind up fixing things that are broken because I hate waiting for Maintenance to do it.

    But I've spilled, dropped, dripped, ripped, and made a mess of things enough times so that people walk a few feet away from me when I'm carrying anything.
  7. by   jimthorp
    Nothing yet in this career but in my previous one I have damaged multi-million dollar pieces of equipment and destroyed hundreds of thousands of dollars of product. Not once was I ever in fear of having to pay for it, other than the ribbing from fellow employees.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Tried to break a $3K bladder scanner yesterday, showing a new employee how it worked, by dropping it. Fortunately, although it snapped open and the battery fell out, it came back together worked ok. WHEW a $3000.00 bullet dodged. Saw my paychecks disappearing right before my eyes there.

    All I accomplished was showing said new employee how NOT to handle this big-ticket little item.
  9. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Forgot about the Doppler i dropped. Twice this year. Still works (whew!).
  10. by   navynurse06
    I've temp broken (jammed) the pyxis at least 2x since I've been at my hospital. I'm very accident prone, so I'm just waiting to break more expensive stuff. Thank goodness the Navy doesn't make us pay for stuff we break (at least I don't think they do)!
  11. by   squeakykitty
    As a student, I dropped a computer mouse when I was charting at a computer. It didn't work after that.
  12. by   santhony44
    I've spiked through the side of more than one plastic IV bag!

    Back when IV pumps were just that- pumps with no controller and no sensors- I exploded IV tubing more than once (if you close off the clamp below the pump and turn the pump on, it just pumps fluid through until the tubing stretches so much it breaks open).

    I also lost three different pagers on one job. One actually was stolen. I put it down in the bathroom so it wouldn't fall out of my pocket and smash and I forgot it. When I went back it was gone.

    I broke glass thermometers several times, too.
  13. by   AliRae
    The one about dropping the walkie-talkie in the toilet reminds me... (I don't know how to put in those nifty quotes, Luddite that I am) ... we had one of our float nurses up in the PICU one day. She's a great nurse- everyone's happy to see her around. Until she came out of the bathroom and told us that she had flushed the narc keys down the toilet. We're still not sure how it happened, but she absolutely refuses to touch the keys now whenever she's on our floor. (We never recovered the keys, but surprisingly enough, the toilet continued to work throughout!)

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