What is the dumbest order you ever read? - page 6

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   baseline
    "Cancel incentive spirometry....it makes pt cough" Duh.
  2. by   -jt
    <" Do not call me for anything unless the pt is unarousable.">

    A quality care manangement RN..... or a lawyer.... would have a field day with that order.


    I was given one recently for a brain dead, non-donor pt whose heart rate was slowing by the hour and BP was already gone:

    "Kayexelate enema (K+ = 6.3)"

    yeah, right.
  3. by   longtermcarern
    Vital signs q hour until 8am on a dead patient when the doc was angry for being woke up at 2am to tell him his patient had died.
  4. by   deespoohbear
    A couple of weekends ago, I had a physician write an order for Zestril 500 mg QD. Yikes. That would do something for the old BP and HR!! The pt had pnuemonia and I figured the doctor meant to write for Zithromax. I called him and read the order back, he about died!! He was a good sport about it and quickly changed the order to Zithromax.
  5. by   Stargazer
    Originally posted by longtermcarern
    Vital signs q hour until 8am on a dead patient when the doc was angry for being woke up at 2am to tell him his patient had died.
    Gee, I would've started calling him every hour with an update on the vital signs: "It's 5 AM, Doctor...just thought you should know the BP's still 00/00! Isn't that something? Sorry, did I wake you?"
  6. by   deespoohbear
    Originally posted by Stargazer
    Gee, I would've started calling him every hour with an update on the vital signs: "It's 5 AM, Doctor...just thought you should know the BP's still 00/00! Isn't that something? Sorry, did I wake you?"



    Me too! Me too!
  7. by   Scavenger'sWife
    Originally posted by AHRN
    Another classic from NICU.
    Post-op order:
    Dangle BID.
    We are still trying to figure out if we let the feet out the isolette port holes or drop the door and sit the baby on the edge!
    Nah...you were supposed to do the Michael Jackson thing and take the baby out on the window ledge and dangle him over the parking lot! hahaha:chuckle
  8. by   nursedawn67
    Originally posted by Stargazer
    Gee, I would've started calling him every hour with an update on the vital signs: "It's 5 AM, Doctor...just thought you should know the BP's still 00/00! Isn't that something? Sorry, did I wake you?"
    I would have too! :roll :roll
  9. by   Scavenger'sWife
    I have been sitting here LMAO!!!!!!!!!

    My dogs think I am nutz!!!!:roll
  10. by   indynurse
    Gee, I would've started calling him every hour with an update on the vital signs: "It's 5 AM, Doctor...just thought you should know the BP's still 00/00! Isn't that something?
    "BP, RR & HR are still the same, but I am concerned that his temp is dropping...."
  11. by   Stargazer
  12. by   Nurse Hag
    The weirdest order I ever got was for a 85 year old woman with a URI Temp of 101 and after the so called Doctor saw her he wrote---- Kleenex topically prn. Please!!!!!!!!!! I waited until the brillant mind was off duty and got a ATB. :roll
  13. by   MPHkatie
    We get new residents once q month in my ER - so you can imagine. My fav's are not the screwy tylenol IV, etc but these gems:

    Please place pt in room for pelvic exam (no the RN was going to set ehr up right there in Hall D.)

    Please bring pt ice water stat....

    Please put pt in a gown (Pt was a 21 yr old, alert oriented person with leg pain, but MD could not tell her, hey put on the gown at the bottom of the bed).....

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