What is the dumbest order you ever read? - page 22

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   Tornadochaser
    An unresponsive vent pt with 10 drips: "Hold vent"
    obviously doc meant hold the settings, but it took me a second, i could just imagine "holding" the vent from the pt...
  2. by   nerdtonurse?
    "Ambulate in hallway and document o2 level."

    Pt was a quad.
  3. by   UMAshtangi
    I've been a nurse for a little over a year, and here are a couple gems I've found so far:

    "Percocet 5/235 1 tab PO q6 PRN (pt may refuse)"

    1) If it's PRN and the pt doesn't want it, then the pt will just not ask for it.

    2) The pt always has the right to refuse, so DUH.

    Another one, "Lactulose 30ml PO qd (pt may not refuse).

    See #2 from above. <facepalm>
  4. by   Jenni811
    Orders
    "Patient up to chair PRN"

    i need orders for that?
  5. by   xtxrn
    Quote from Jenni811
    Orders
    "Patient up to chair PRN"

    i need orders for that?
    Believe it or not It hasn't been that long that activity orders were EXPECTED to be written on admission, and not advanced until the doc wrote new orders.

    Same with vital sign parameters (re: when to notify) IF they were different than the standard ones (or changes from the patient's norms).

    One of my favorite orders was the podiatry consult for the bilateral BKA
  6. by   muesli
    Quote from MissdonditaBsn
    I swear that this was a real order


    "If patient codes or if heart stops please contact before performing cpr or giving medications"

    It was an attending physician that wrote that order and believe it or not he was furious at me when I called to clarify the order. He told me that the family hadn't decided on code status yet so we were not to code the patient until he had a chance to talk to them which he would do if something happened. Have I mentioned that this physician is notorious for not answering pages for at least an hour!

    one hour later: "I have spoken with the family. Please perform CPR."
  7. by   muesli
    "Please help patient to wash up."

    Why don't you just write "please do your job"?
  8. by   ukjenn231
    This one just in tonight. "Activia 1 PO BID." Yes, the pharmacist and I did decided that was for yogurt.
  9. by   hiddencatRN
    I had a doctor write an order for stickers to the bedside as a joke. Well, she did want someone to bring the pt stickers but putting it in the system was meant to be funny.
  10. by   NurseBatzy
    "Ativan or Benedryl" was all that was written on the orders, when questioned, he said "whichever puts him to sleep faster, in any amount you need."

    Nice.
  11. by   elthia
    Quote from NurseBatzy
    "Ativan or Benedryl" was all that was written on the orders, when questioned, he said "whichever puts him to sleep faster, in any amount you need."

    Nice.
    Well, we can put him to sleep...the question is do you want the pt to wake back up?
  12. by   southernbeegirl
    Stat Banana.
  13. by   nerdtonurse?
    Quote from NurseBatzy
    "Ativan or Benedryl" was all that was written on the orders, when questioned, he said "whichever puts him to sleep faster, in any amount you need."

    Nice.
    Notices nurse walking into patient's room with a pound of Benedryl, a bucket of Ativan and a ng tube....

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