What is the dumbest order you ever read? - page 18

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   KeyMaster
    By very tired new intern:
    NGT to beside bag.
    Foley cath to LWS.
  2. by   AprilRNhere
    Not an order...but lack of.

    Admit for "pain control" for a hip fracture...with elevated INR. Repeat labs in am for possible surger.

    Meds ordered....po tylenol 650. When I called to get something more for this "pain control"....I got a very crabby dr telling me the surgeon will follow in the am. (of course I had to insist on SOMETHING for pain before am)
  3. by   ERRN92
    I like the ones where the doctor thinks if he orders it, nurses have to do it. For instance, newly placed dobb hoff tube...md wrote order "Start tube feeding now, xray to follow". He specifically wrote that because I told him the feedings could only start after xrays verified and he wanted it started NOW. Yea, ok...xray showed dht not in place and had to be redone.
  4. by   EmmaG
    Quote from TRC
    I like the ones where the doctor thinks if he orders it, nurses have to do it. For instance, newly placed dobb hoff tube...md wrote order "Start tube feeding now, xray to follow". He specifically wrote that because I told him the feedings could only start after xrays verified and he wanted it started NOW. Yea, ok...xray showed dht not in place and had to be redone.
    He probably wanted experience in treating a pneumonia patient? I once had a doc order to start the chemo on a newly inserted central line without an xray for placement. Of course, we refused. Good thing, too; the line had made a wrong turn and was in the patient's head...
  5. by   elizabells
    Quote from KeyMaster
    By very tired new intern:
    NGT to beside bag.
    Foley cath to LWS.
    OW!!!
  6. by   RanieRN
    Ambulate patient 4x/day. Obtain patient's shoes from home.

    For a wheelchair bound double BKA (and no, he didn't use protheses).:icon_roll
  7. by   rnmi2004
    This is on a post-op standing order sheet for one of our surgeon groups: "NPO until extubated and alert."

    Well, DUH.
  8. by   miss_anneRN
    found this telephone order while doing chart check on a pt transfered out to our m/s unit. it was written by an icu rn:
    nystatin powder to intriginal folds qid.
    lol
    i think them there intriginal folds need-a-powderin' ....
  9. by   Ivanna_Nurse
    Hmmm. I got an order for NPO except ice chips.. for a pt on a vent. Also, called in labs and condition report on a post op carotid--- sliding scale potassium. Huh? ~Ivanna
  10. by   Hospice Nurse LPN
    Not an order, but a progress note. A schizo pt claims to have chronic back pain d/t being pregnant with 16 babies. Dr. made rounds and wrote "no problems other than being pregnant with 16 babies!"
  11. by   jbp0529
    Here's one I got tonight that I had to clarify...

    16 gm of Mag Sulfate IM !! (for a mag level of 0.9)

    Called the doc back and was like, "are you sure about that?" He said "omg, did I say IM? I meant IV" lol

    I politely suggested we try 4 gm of mag IV and then just see where we are

    Sure enough, after 4gm given, level was up to 2.1

    What would they do w/o us to save their butts.
  12. by   tvccrn
    Quote from Ivanna_Nurse
    Hmmm. I got an order for NPO except ice chips.. for a pt on a vent. Also, called in labs and condition report on a post op carotid--- sliding scale potassium. Huh? ~Ivanna
    I've seen sliding scale potassium before. It was for a patient that was chronically low.
  13. by   Roy Fokker
    Bedrest with bathroom priviledges...

    .... on a 90 year old with a hip fracture

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