had a through and through gunshot tonight that went through left leg and then through the penis
ER doctor said not to cath the pt, and then a little later the trauma surgeon who came in to see my pt said to cath him.
I tried and couldn't get it so told the trauma surgeon who said to call urology to come
my ER doctor went ballistic when he found out I had tried to cath the pt, said never listen to the trauma doc's and always ask the ER doc if it is okay first.
Fortunately in the long run the guys penis is okay, I didn't damage the urethra after all.
I feel terrible. I know that you never cath a pelvic fracture etc, but I stupidly thought that it was okay if the trauma surgeon said to.
I am not a nurse who listens and obeys the doctors no matter what but I didn't second quess this order like I should have.
Thank God my pt is okay in spite of me.
I did report myself to the house super and the urologist. They were okay with what I did, but of course that doesn't make it right.
It is so scarey to think how easy it is to make a mistake, no matter how careful a nurse you are.
I am really spooked by what happened