Disaster!!! Bad order - page 3

Hello, Got an order from evening nurse to take out staples out of staph infected hip wound that had opened up right in the middle. Evening nurse received order in afternoon around 3:00 p.m. Left... Read More

  1. by   ayemmeff
    Really good point, Mattsmom81.
  2. by   hey_nurse
    I have taken out staples and sutures many times. First thing i do is check the order for myself. Then when taking them out i do every other one, if i notice a problem i stop, seri strip the area and notify the doctor. If you do every other one u still have staples in place to hold wound togeter if it not approximated. :roll
  3. by   RN always
    Bambi, I am a new nurse too (6 months), I so can relate to what you are feeling. I have made mistakes also! If we all lived in a perfect world, then we would all be perfect huh? Don't beat yourself up over this, kinda sounds like it happened for a good reason, like someone said earlier mayabe the wound needed to drain. Keep your chin up! You are an awesome nurse to even care!
  4. by   Audreyfay
    I have taken out lots of staples. In fact, I was working in the Operating Room when they first started using staples! I recall one event when I was working on a med/surg unit, a patient who had undergone a lung resection, was to have his staples removed and sterstrips if needed. The skin was well-approximated and he was 5 days post-op. I started taking out the staples, and it looked so good, that I figured he probably didn't need sterstrips. A couple hours later he put on his call light. His would had totally opened! Then....I went to use steristrips to try to get the edges back together. Unfortunately, I did not realize how poor of a job I did. He came back a year later, as a patient, and said, "Oh, you're the one who did this." It was the worst scar I had ever seen. I imagine that if he had chosen, he could have sued me or something. I learned from then. Always steristrips after staples are removed in the hospital.
  5. by   imn2nursing
    :roll Oh Bambi, so sorry for your troubles. I am an LPN an the office that I have worked at I have removed sutures, and when I was working at the hospital we removed sutures and staples on the floor also. I would just chalk it up to a something new learned. Now, you have a little idea what surgical sites look like and maybe the healing stages. Hang in there, I'm sure you are an awesome nurse.
    Last edit by imn2nursing on Dec 13, '02
  6. by   imn2nursing
    Originally posted by imn2nursing
    :roll Oh Bambi, so sorry for your troubles. I am an LPN an the office that I have worked at I have removed sutures, and when I was working at the hospital we removed sutures and staples on the floor also. I would just chalk it up to a something new learned. Now, you have a little idea what surgical sites look like and maybe the healing stages. Hang in there, I'm sure you are an awesome nurse.

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