I was working with my patient last night as a nursing student, doing my final assessment and ready to get off the floor for post-clinical conference when... her illeostomy bag became undone with the combo of content and a burst of gas (I realize I should have emptied it sooner, but it had been emptied at the end of the last shift with very little content so I unfortunately let it go a little too long, I realize this was my fault and could have avoided the whole thing)
It was my first illeostomy so went to get my nurse for help. She told me it was fine to leave, she'd take care of it but that just didn't feel right, it's MY patient too, ya know? So we got that done, got her cleaned, got her sheets changed, got my assessment done and went to the conference 30 mins late (they were just finishing up)
Figured it was good practice for when I'm an actual nurse and the metaphorical and literal **** hits the fan at the end of shift, LOL
Quote from Compassion_x
Haha that's usually a mistake you only make once. Definitely good to check often and let out the gas (as awful as it usually smells).
So, so, so true!
And for the future - if a CNA comes to you to warn you about it, RUN, do not walk to empty it!!! Maybe you can cheat if you burp it temporarily, but get to it fast! You'll never be able to work well with that CNA again if it blows!
We've all been there & done that at least once!
Last edit by amoLucia on Nov 12, '13
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