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 for me to do. No problem. Order to approximate open area with s/t. End of order saids (ok to take out staples) Impossible, to approximate, skin folded over in open area and tight. Nurse told me in report to do this to take out staples. Call Dr in am to tell him could not approximate open area. Told him I took out staples, he was livid to say the least. I was not suppose to take out all of the staples and Blaaaaaaaaaaaaah, blah, etc. Went to sterri strip and guest what? The whole incision had dehisced. I was horrified to say the least. In addition (pt has had 2-3 operations to relocate hip previously. I was soooooo upset. For the life of me I could not remember the conversation I and the other nurse had about this pt in report, I guest I was in such shock.
(I am a new nurse
) I have learned my lesson the hard way.
Thanks for letting me vent:imbar