What is the dumbest order you ever read? - page 15

I thought I had seen some AH orders but yesterday took the all time win! I had a 97 year old man admitted from ER with impaction and the order said---- "Give oil retention enema and have pt. hold ... Read More

  1. by   Nurse Lulu
    Thank-you!!! I agree. Not only that but I work in IICU and this doctor wasn't even the intensivist! It is the attending! ugh.....The nurse after me did not believe it, I had to show her the order. I think he is getting called out on it though...
  2. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from trudyrn
    who got to define dumb, ugly, attractive? were there any volunteers for the ugly segment? what happened with the mom im? poor stu., patient, everybody.
    [font="comic sans ms"]as far as the mom order, the student and her instructor both disappeared, and it's rumored that they left the program. the doctor is now reputedly head of the cardiology department somewhere in the midwest.

    and sadly, i did not get to define dumb, ugly or attractive. i was in my 20s and about 60 pounds lighter -- i was one of the nurses who cared for the vip, but i was not the one he got to sneak him out of the hospital and run away with him.

  3. by   KatrinaRN07
    Order: Please turn TV on at 3:30 so the patient can watch the Carolina Football Game!! Pt able to turn TV on himself but he might forget!!
  4. by   ebear
    Lander nurse,
    Hmmm...well,.....I personally don't see anything wrong with that order!
    ebear
  5. by   Christie RN2006
    d/c foley when pt ambulating

    That order was written on a comatose paraplegic who no longer even has corneal reflexes... all I could do was laugh when I read that order!
  6. by   Murse901
    "Punch holes and file".
  7. by   Satori77
    These are hilarious!! Goes to show you that even after 8 years of school, not everyone has common sense. I would be scared to be a patient of some of these doc's.
  8. by   elizabells
    Quote from DonaldJ
    "Punch holes and file".
    Oh hell no.

    I found one today "pt is to be in room air". Yeah, you know, I was planning on intubating by myself with sats of 99 just because I was bored, but now that you've told me not to...
  9. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from ruby vee
    as far as the mom order, the student and her instructor both disappeared, and it's rumored that they left the program. the doctor is now reputedly head of the cardiology department somewhere in the midwest.

    and sadly, i did not get to define dumb, ugly or attractive. i was in my 20s and about 60 pounds lighter -- i was one of the nurses who cared for the vip, but i was not the one he got to sneak him out of the hospital and run away with him.
    figures.:angryfire:angryfire
  10. by   TiredMD
    Quote from elizabells
    I found one today "pt is to be in room air". Yeah, you know, I was planning on intubating by myself with sats of 99 just because I was bored, but now that you've told me not to...
    In my hospital we continually struggle to keep patients from being put on nasal canula, usually because the CNA taking vitals saw sats of 95% and decided to try to be helpful. I've even gone so far as to steal the oxygen hookup from the room . . .
  11. by   EmmaG
    Quote from TiredMD
    I've even gone so far as to steal the oxygen hookup from the room . . .
    No offense, but not too smart.
  12. by   ebear
    Hi, TiredMD!
    Welcome back! I'm sure you've never written any "dumb" orders.
    ebear
  13. by   TiredMD
    Quote from ebear
    Hi, TiredMD!
    Welcome back! I'm sure you've never written any "dumb" orders.
    ebear
    Of course I have. Everything is a learning process. When I'm writing orders for things I'm not too familiar with, it probably sounds pretty dumb. Even worse is when I've been up for 30hrs or more . . . completely incomprehensible what I was trying to write for in the first place. Fortunately I spend most of my time on the surgical ward, and our nurses are truly excellent at catching my screwups.

    Of course, in my defense, I move services every month or two. My home department is Orthopedic Surgery; is anyone suprised I don't know the appropriate way to titrate up tube feeds or write for a stim test?

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