Had a patients wife come to me the other day regarding her husbands penis being swollen (along with his LE edema). Later in the day, an ancillary staff came to me stating pts wife was upset with me because I didnt properly assess the patient regarding the penis swelling and she wanted to tell the MD (although manager and another ancillary stated the pts wife was happy with care and said our staff was great, but this other ancillary staff is known for starting drama). Pt had no hx of CHF or urological issue.... I was swamped with other pts r/t discharges, new post-op and one pt who had come back from a procedure, but I did get a chance a few hrs later (after taking a 3pm lunch break after being there since 6:30am) to page MD (who had already been and assessed pt himself) and got order for small dose IV Lasix.
Long story short, I informed charge nurse and manager what this ancillary said - and I asked other nurses on the floor... "Do you look at your patient's penis everyday?" Everyone said no. (I will assess if pt was admitted or had a known issue with his penis).
Just curious... When you do your assessment (mainly on a med surg floor.. not critical care or urology), do you look at your patients genitals (this can include vaginas too!)?