What is the freakiest thing you have ever seen at work????? - page 6

Several years ago we had an elderly intubated woman admitted from the ER. She had resp. distress at home and ended up vented. They brought her up to us minus her post intubation film so x-ray came... Read More

  1. by   Nurse_Bonita
    Had a patient in the nursing home I used to work at with this really nasty, deep decubitus ulcer on her hip. Of course, she looked like a holocaust survivor. Real thin, actually closer to emaciated. Wouldn't eat a darn thing. Only thing keeping her alive was Ensure. Well, I went in to change her one day and she had her her index and middle fingers shoved in that decub clear to the last knuckle just playing with the darn thing. I wanted to puke. I asked her what she was doing. She just shrugged.

    Same patient. Had been in our facility for about a month and all of a sudden when one of the dayshift girls was bathing her, she noticed that this patient had head lice. Well, we ended up with three other patients getting it. So we take this patient outside on the patio to treat her. It was the middle of summer and Director of Nursing said to take her outside to keep the bugs from getting everywhere. As fast as we combed her hair and treated it them little buggers were hatching and running everywhere. This woman had very short hair anyhow and the directot got permission to shave her head. That was the only way to get rid of the varmints. To this day, my skin still crawls when I think about it. YUCK!!!!!!!
  2. by   joyflnoyz
    The worst thing I've ever seen is where I am now working. We have a resident who had surgery for CA of the eye. Whole orbit removed, part of her nose and she's missing 1/4 of her face.
    I was assigned to her one night, and changing the dressing was awful. I guess the mind shuts off to the horror of something like that, and I went into "automatic mode"
  3. by   talaxandra
    These are off the top of my head - I'm sure I can do better after a bit more thought

    5) okay, more that I wasn't prepared for it - 80+ y.o. woman who came in for something completely different (malnutrition FI or something) had a lump on her nose, which turned out to be a virulent malignancy. They took her to theatre and I went to take down the dressing a couple of days later. The OR report said they'd excised the lump, but when I took down the dressing they'd removed her nose! OMG! I was so calm, and freaked when I got into the corridor: "She's got no nose! She's got to nose!"

    4) my fault, all my fault - catheter draining the worst UTI I've ever seen in my life, like custard. We turned the patient over, and I tossed the catheter bag over to the other side of the bed, whereupon the burette bounced on the ground and the contents of the burette filled the other nurses' shoe. It's really hard to look as though your apology is sincere when you're laughing so hard you can't breathe!

    3) same patient, different day - she'd had a THR on a previous admission, about four months earlier, and the suture line still hadn't healed. One night they turned her over, it burst, and almost a litre of pus filled the bed.

    2) so glad she wasn't my patient - we had an attempted suicide being specialled by a psych nurse. Her x-rays looked as though she'd been pinned and plated, she'd stuck so many needles, pins and other bits of metal into her legs and abdo. Middle of the night, she knocked her special unconscious with an IV pole and absconded - nurse ended up in Cas for the night with a concussion.

    1) saving the best (or worst) for last - elderly man with Parkinsons' used to cough up great quantities of biscuit-streaked sputum, and if you didn't get in there fast enough, when the cup was 2/3 full he'd drink it. Eurgh! More than ten years ago and it still makes me queasy!

    Tara
  4. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by talaxandra
    elderly man with Parkinsons' used to cough up great quantities of biscuit-streaked sputum, and if you didn't get in there fast enough, when the cup was 2/3 full he'd drink it.
    OH SHUT UP!!!!!!

    OHHHHHHHHHHHHH GAWD!

    Heather
  5. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by talaxandra
    1) saving the best (or worst) for last - elderly man with Parkinsons' used to cough up great quantities of biscuit-streaked sputum, and if you didn't get in there fast enough, when the cup was 2/3 full he'd drink it. Eurgh! More than ten years ago and it still makes me queasy!

    Tara
    That's it, I'm not reading this thread anymore unless someone passes out Phenergan.


    ::::: HURLING!!! :::::::

    :uhoh21:
  6. by   RN-PA
    Tara said:

    1) saving the best (or worst) for last - elderly man with Parkinsons' used to cough up great quantities of biscuit-streaked sputum, and if you didn't get in there fast enough, when the cup was 2/3 full he'd drink it. Eurgh! More than ten years ago and it still makes me queasy!
    Folks, I think we have a winner, and uh, please-- *urp* pass the-- *gag* --Phenergan.... QUICK!
  7. by   moonshadeau
    I was just talking at work last night with some of my coworkers that very few wounds freak me out anymore. But the grossest wound that I have ever seen I can still remember quite vividly. It was a gentleman that I took care of that had some sort of abdominal surgery that the docs couldn't close on. So they didn't. He had a good hunk of his intestines hanging out and only covered with a tegaderm. I do mean a very large tegaderm, it was larger than a sheet of paper. The dressing change alone took a half an hour. And the smell. I think that I may have jinxed him as I talked out him last night and his name is in the obits today.
  8. by   shannonRN
    moon, we have a surgeon that shouldn't go within 10 feet of the nearest or!!! well, he did some sort of abd surgery on this guy and couldn't close him, but the kicker is....his intestines came up in our see thru hospital bags that have our logo on them?!?! unfortunately, this guy didn't make it either.
  9. by   RN-PA
    shannonRN posted:

    moon, we have a surgeon that shouldn't go within 10 feet of the nearest or!!! well, he did some sort of abd surgery on this guy and couldn't close him, but the kicker is....his intestines came up in our see thru hospital bags that have our logo on them?!?! unfortunately, this guy didn't make it either.
    At the hospital where I used to work, there was a surgeon like that-- HORRIBLE! --and we nurses all discussed getting tattoos on our chests that'd say "NO DR. _________" in case he was manning the ED some night when we'd be brought there unconscious.
  10. by   fedupnurse
    Yeah we used to have a surgeon who would put an x-ray up on the viewbox upside down and backwards and stand there looking like he knew what he was doing!! There are far too many scary doctors out there!
  11. by   caroladybelle
    I don't know about you guys, but I have always found it amazing that no matter how bad a surgeon/MD is, there are always patients that swear by him as though he is the best thing in medicine.

    Recently, a doctor that was widely regarded as the worst MD in the area died. A whole slew of former patients wrote letters to the local paper about how wonderful he was and the obit made him sound like nobel prize candidate.
  12. by   fedupnurse
    Caroladybelle you are sooooo right about that!!! The absolute worst have a loyal following and also are usually very arrogant! What is the deal with that?????
  13. by   Shantony
    I think the freakiest thing I have seen to date was when I worked in an assisted living facility on the AM shift. We went to check on a very independant woman who didnt show up for breakfast and found her dead in her room. She had a heart attack in the middle of the night as she was getting back in bed. The freaky part was that she fell over and fell between the bed table and the bed and was folded up. Ugly just ugly. Her eyes and mouth were open. She had been dead about 4-6 hours. Cold but pliable. Well she was my first post mortem care and I was so glad that she was a VERY CLEAN woman and the care was minimal. We couldnt get her mouth closed and my eyes just kept gravitating to that gaping hole. Well after we had rolled and dressed her (yes she was buck naked) a big and I mean BIG spit bubble appeared before my eyes and burst. I freaked and ran. I guess the stress of it all just climaxed at that point.

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