Inquiring Minds Want To Know: Outrageous Orders! - page 2

IVE RECENTLY HEARD SOME FUNNY AND SOMETIMES DISTURBING STORIES IN REGARDS TO PHYSICIANS ORDERS.SO I WAS JUST WONDERING: WHATS THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS MD ORDER YOU EVER HAD TO TAKE OFF OR WERE EXPECTED... Read More

  1. by   CATHYW
    "Give 40 meq KCl++ IVP stat." Say WHAT? I refused, got my ADN, the Nursing Supervisor, etc. Supervisor finally called the hospital attorney. Attorney says, can't you dilute it in something?
    Pt on fluid restriction. Finally administered sloooooow IV from Pig Bag in 50cc NS. I was applying hot towels to the arm to dilate the vein-somehow the pt was able to tolerate it!
  2. by   mattsmom81
    Another favorite of mine ..you call a doc with a problem and he says "Well, keep an eye on 'em".

    As if???
  3. by   shannonRN
    once called one of our best mds for orders when a patient came up from er (midnight shift). pt had ng dt nausea and distended abdomen. well, he said 0.9 alternate nares. :chuckle poor guy. when he came up to the floor that morning we all had a good laugh.
  4. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    15% O2!:roll ........Per craniofacial pillow compression maybe?............Hyperbaric at 460 mmHg maybe?:chuckle .................LOl
  5. by   Stargazer
    Hee hee. The RT's suggested piping in some nitrous or helium to dilute the room air.
  6. by   l.rae
    July 2 years ago, new residents in the ER. JUly becomes the most popular moth to take a vacation. Anyway, a copd exac. admitted who consequently is iddm. New MD writes admission orders and writes "humulin R insulin 20u am and 5pm ivp. So I gently ask him ," you didn't want her rout. insulin given iv did you?" He says "Oh thanks," takes the chart from me and scribbles out the order, hands it back and says "I meant PO". He actually wrote it. MD=Mighty Dumb?
  7. by   thisnurse
    my absolute favorite:

    nursing as tolerated
  8. by   Stargazer
    LOL! That could mean a lot of different things, couldn't it?
  9. by   shannonRN
    nursing as tolerated!!! :roll
  10. by   CountrifiedRN
    I did some time as a unit secretary, and can't remember all the crazy orders I saw, but there are a couple that stick out in my mind.

    "Please make clear liquid diet more appealing" - The nurse wanted to know if we should put a picture of a T-bone at the bottom of the cup of broth, hehe!

    From a doc that usually struck fear into the hearts of new grads (and some seasoned RNs too) because of his tendency for outbursts, regarding a pt with dementia that despite being in wrist restraints still managed to keep pulling out her IV - "Please put on mittens, my dear little kittens" No one had even suspected that he had a sense of humor until then!
  11. by   Marj Griggs
    Order on a CHF pt: (The unit had about 30 pts and 1 RN, 1 SN and an aid) "Watch Patient" My colleague said "I watched him---run down the hall, out the door and down the street", dressed only in a hospital gown. Security caught up with him about 3 blocks away.
  12. by   galenight
    A recent stupid order.. "blood cultures in am" on a patient who was not febrile, wbc wnl, no cellulitis, no c/o, not on abx this admission.. was in for a TIA.. hmmm.. then i ask the almighty (NOT) doc if he meant this patient he said yes.. what an idiot. My theory is, if you need blood cultures, you probably need them now. or at least have been on abx because of previous positive blood culture.
  13. by   fedupnurse
    Apply c clamp wth enough pressure to stop bleeding. I didn't write "DUH!!" after it.
    Watch him.
    I do not want you to call me again for anything on this patient. I wrote that as an order. Boy was he *issed off!!

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