What is the dumbest order you ever read? - page 16

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   ebear
    TiredMD,
    Why do you change services every couple of months? Are you a resident? Orthopaedic surgery,ay? I've worked ortho. surg. for many moons. (OR nurse)
    ebear
  2. by   TiredMD
    Quote from ebear
    TiredMD,
    Why do you change services every couple of months? Are you a resident? Orthopaedic surgery,ay? I've worked ortho. surg. for many moons. (OR nurse)
    ebear
    Yes. There is no better field.
  3. by   Okiecruffler
    IS q2h when awake.

    Order was on a 6 month old who was intubated. Gotta love those first year residents.
  4. by   Semele
    Quote from Emmanuel Goldstein
    No offense, but not too smart.
    I am still hoping it was a joke. What's next take away the call light and cover the code blue light with a shelf?

    Talk to the nurse aides but leave the vital necessary equipment in the room.
  5. by   KarafromPhilly
    Had a patient who was comfort care only, and I asked the doc for an order for some morphine in case she needed it to be comfortable. She asked me how to write the order and I told her what I thought was appropriate--the doc was not a native English speaker and I guess she was really tired, but I thought the end result was really cute--

    "Morphine 2 mg IVP Q1-2 hr PRN for agitation or recklessness."
  6. by   Bubbasgirl
    this one wasn't really dumb, but i was kicking myself for leaving my cake mix and easy bake oven at home:

    Please get the patient a cupcake. It is her birthday.
  7. by   Sabby_NC
    Quote from KarafromPhilly
    Had a patient who was comfort care only, and I asked the doc for an order for some morphine in case she needed it to be comfortable. She asked me how to write the order and I told her what I thought was appropriate--the doc was not a native English speaker and I guess she was really tired, but I thought the end result was really cute--

    "Morphine 2 mg IVP Q1-2 hr PRN for agitation or recklessness."

    LOL I LOVE it.. hahahahhaa
  8. by   jlcole45
    Quote from Orca
    One order stands out:

    DC black crap.

    The patient was using a coal tar bath solution for psoriasis, and the doctor could not recall the name of it.

    "
    This one made me laugh out loud. But all are are great!

    I know I should be doing something .... but I can't stop reading this thread ....
  9. by   jlcole45
    Quote from WalMart_ADN
    60 mgs tylenol iv q4 prn........

    "please check VS q4h"
    "please check temp q4h"
    "please check BP q4h"
    "please check pulse ox and respers q4h"
    "please check heart rate q4h"
    "please place on continious oximeter"
    At least the doctor said please ....
  10. by   TiredMD
    Quote from Semele
    Talk to the nurse aides but leave the vital necessary equipment in the room.
    If only that actually worked . . . unfortunately sometimes it doesn't. Nor does writing orders like, "Do not apply oxygen without MD order." Next thing you know I can't get the patient out the door due to the non-existent oxygen requirement . . .
  11. by   HappyNurse2005
    I think i shared this once, but i dont think it was on this thread.
    called an ob for antepartum patient admitted for something or other. She had no prn orders at all. she had a headache.
    so i called to request tylenol or something like that.
    he said he didnt want to be called all night, so wanted to give a few orders at once (this was only at 5pm!). tylenol, phenergan, etc. included "ambien 10mg po q4-6prn"

    10mg of ambien every 4 hours? that would be one very good sleep (i didnt ask him to clarify, and did write it as qhs)
  12. by   WV_heart_RN


    ambulate patient in hallway, stat.

    wow!!! i work on a cardiac step-down unit that is primary care. i am also on the weekend shift and staffing is bear bones. the family complained that i did not ambulate their mother. i didn't cause i felt that admitting the three new patients was probably a little more important. when i saw the doc i said, "seriously, i am getting slammed with admits. do you want me to stop and walk her?"

    his response," i only wrote it cause the family was complaining." ok i will make sure to show it to them!
  13. by   trethern
    Strict bedrest
    Ambulate in hall tid
    Consecutive orders on one patient


    The stupidest, most irritating and insulting order ever written
    DO NOT KILL PATIENT:angryfire:angryfire:angryfire:angryfire:an gryfire:angryfire:angryfire:angryfire:angryfire:an gryfire:angryfire:angryfire:angryfire:angryfire:an gryfire
    Ortho doc who brought patients from Texas to Colorado for joint replacement and did not think patients needed to get acclimated to altitude prior to OR. The warm fuzzy for me is that after enough of these orders he was brought up before the medical board and told to quit or retire immediately if he didn't want to get fired.:spin:

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