The Worst Hospital Visitor I've Ever Seen - page 15

There are so many . . . . how to choose? There was the woman who'd had an aortic dissection repair, and things didn't go well. She had a perioperitive MI, a CVA and sepsis. All told, she was a... Read More

  1. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    An accident victim had 12 visitors, who pulled the curtain around his bed in a four bed room. They proceeded to burn incense and sprinkle him with rose petals and chant in a foreign language of Eastern European origin.
    Last edit by No Stars In My Eyes on Mar 15, '15 : Reason: It didn't work.
  2. by   KatieMI
    Sorry, but what is so outrageous about it? If family thinks that a ceremony of a sort might somehow help patient, in this world or another, why don't let them do it providing they do not disturb anyone and don't interfere directly with treatments.

    IMHO having someone sprinkled with rose petals is much better than sprinkling dialysis machine with myrr and holy water and adorning it with rosary, in hopes that it will suck the 9.8 potassium from the one's blood soon enough. That was the way I discovered the worst smell in the universe - a combination of myrr, vinegar and concentrated bleach:***:
  3. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    You are correct, KatieMl, it wasn't the worst thing. I guess that at the time (1971) it was thought to be quite peculiar in the location where it happened. The New Age wasn't in full bloom at the time, and foreign folks were ....well, quite foreign to the rest of us.
    Taken out of the context of the past, it sounds pretty reasonable, actually!
    Didn't mean to offend or make fun of.....
  4. by   KatieMI
    Fresh from the field:

    Concerned family member of a very old, very sick patient who had a bit of secretions, was not yet able to cough them up and could not be deep suctioned often enough as he bit and fought it with all his mights which caused dangerous changes in heart rate/rhythm/bp, insisted on "something to be done to stop that horror". After being explained for an hour and a half everything possible and impossible, he said that we should have some sort of device to keep the patient's mouth open when we suction. After being told that there is no such device that could be used on alert human being without inflicting great discomfort and explained why it was so, he said that he himself saw just such a device in Europe. I know European (and non-European too) medicine good enough to know that such device couldn't exist but asked about it anyway. After a couple of minutes of intence googling, he found THIS:

    It was just the right thing, he said.

    For those who do not know, it is medieval mouth opener from Museum of torture, Rottenburg, Germany. One can buy a copy of this infamous device in souvenir kiosk for $10 or so. It makes a really useful household instrument as long as you don't think WHAT it was used for some 500 years ago.

    I was left speechless after being named unhelpful and not listening to suggestions.
  5. by   kuippo
    That is what they put in the women who fought for women to vote when they refused to eat when arrested for
    voting previleges, ALice Paul was one of them. The put that metal thing in the mouth kept the jaw open and whipped up a dozen eggs and poured them raw down her throat.
    And some people dont bother to vote.
  6. by   KatieMI
    Yes, precisely.

    For the truth's sake, dentists use mouth blocks. But to used THAT on one's own parent just to stop some temporary cough, it is just beyond my imagination.
  7. by   Horseshoe
    Quote from KeepItRealRN
    One place I worked had an elderly woman who was very ill and intubated. She was the primary caregiver to her elderly husband who had Alzeimers. The patient's son would bring the husband to visit early in the morning and leave him at the hospital all day, and the pick him up in the evening. Needless to say that if you were the nurse assigned to this woman, not only did you take care of her, but also her husband. When the son was told that he couldn't just leave his father at the hospital all day, he said that he had to work and had nobody to look after his father.

    The hospital isn't free adult day care.
    Apparently it is at your facility, since this was tolerated. I'm stunned this went on for more than one day.
  8. by   lindarn
    You can't fix stupid.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Somewhere in the PACNW
  9. by   morte
    Quote from lindarn
    You can't fix stupid.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Somewhere in the PACNW
    but how was stupid? the son that got away with it, or the hospital that allowed it?
  10. by   suanna
    Quote from ohioSICUrn
    The boyfriend that insisted on sleeping over in the same bed as the post op patient EVERY night despite our manager trying to talk to him (not that she tried very hard r/t press ganey), demanding meal trays oh and also having sex with the patient in the room....None of our rooms are private...
    I've had the same issue. I've had to get my patients boyfriend off her PICC line while they were in foreplay, and she wanted her Q2H Dilaudid injected before they got to "the good part". At least we have private rooms, but with some of our patients, we could charge a premium for a "semi" just for entertainment value.
  11. by   mestrela
    Wow. I have two that I can think of in the one year I've been working as an RN. The first was I had a patient who was going through withdraw. The patient had been taking such high doses of heroin that one thing led to another and their bowels perforated and they ended up with a colostomy, the significant other ended up giving them a dose of heroine while in the hospital. Very nice. The second patient I had was on strict diets with uncontrolled diabetes type 2 (BS from 400s to 80s), a colostomy, multiple amputations from diabetes, etc, the family always brought this patient things like pizza and potato chips which they wouldn't clean up and then when her colostomy bag would come off from all the grease they would holler and blame the nurse. I had that patient once, walked in, said nope and told them that they had to clean up all the trash they had in there because I can't do my job with the stench of rotting trash. They did clean up but they complained about me.
  12. by   GadgetRN71
    OMG, terrible.
  13. by   Here.I.Stand
    Quote from PMFB-RN
    Quote from imintrouble
    I could, but Press Gainey must be served.
    Oh to hell with Press Gainey. In that situation I have to error on the side of my patient's best interest.
    RIGHT...and anyway, the pt is the one that gets the survey. Can't imagine waking him up would be satisfying.