Charting Bloopers - page 14
Found in the History and Physical section of a patient's chart who had experienced visual hallucinations while ill: "Patient vehemently denies any auditory, tactile, or old factory hallucinations." YIKES! Angela... Read More
- 3Sep 23, '03 by deadendonce say a nursing note
" Pt in bed, non verbal no pulse, respirations, or BP. Pupils dialating"
I had to laugh at this one Did the nurse actually expect the patient to tell her he was dead???? I had visions of dialating pupil on this poor soul.
- 4Sep 23, '03 by jansgalRNNot in charting, but I've answered calls and was told by a family member "we gave the depository but he still didn't produce" [stool].
Also, family members pick up on things that nurses may miss (esp. in home care). A pt's wife called me once claiming his urine had a loud odor. I had never heard that one before.
I was once told that she knew her husband's sugar was high because he tasted sweet. I didn't even go there.
Often times, in termial care patients report visions of previously deceased loved ones. This is a common phenomenon, and is usually discussed with family members as a way of preparing them, sometimes giving an idea of imminent death. I was called to visit a patient once by a frantic family member. Unable to get enough valuable info on the phone, I finally went over. The patient's 23 year old grandson was scared to death, sitting out side on the front porch, refusing to accomany me inside because of ghosts, also he was demanding that we get the patient out(who was bedbound and incoherent). Poor thing. I ended up staying for 2 hours until his mom came home from work (he stayed outside the whole time-talking to me through a window.
- 1Sep 24, '03 by LinderellaThanks for the laughs I had a bad week and its nice to see the humor., and i guess I'll go back for more tomorrow ( that's work I mean and try to find the humor when I'm trying to do 10 things at once and trying to keep the unit from chaos .!!!!!!
- 4Sep 27, '03 by Jay-JayNot a blooper, but 'cover my a**' time:
IV finished. Numerous phone calls to MD have failed to produce follow up orders re. D/C'ing midline IV catheter. Patient threatening to D/C cannula himself if nurse refuses to do so. Midline removed, cannula intact, site clear.
The patient actually had the dressing half off his arm before I finally gave in, and agreed to do it. The next day, the doctor FINALLY called, and said we could stop the IV, and pt. was to come in for a followup exam next week. Oh, yeah, the drug was vancomycin, and the doctor gave NO instructions re. having his levels tested throughout the entire 2 weeks he was on the antibiotic!
- 10Nov 8, '03 by amber71cant help but tell my little story.... i have an elderly pt (about 82yo) very sweet lady.we used tympanic thermometers in the hospital and as soon as the thermometer was in her ear she immediately said "HELLO"(she thought it was a telephone). boy, we were laughing so hard that her false teeth fell off.
- 2Nov 9, '03 by sixesOriginally posted by Jay-Jay
I think it's posted elsewhere on this site: the physician couldn't think of the correct name for the incentive spirometer, so he wrote: suck balls QID!
Hubby thinks I've lost it. All I can do is point. So he reads it
He certainly likes the order
Thanks for making my day
- 3Nov 11, '03 by soniblvnpt came into er for penis laceration, nurse wrote:
exam by Dr. Forskin retracted to see damage for repair. It looked like Dr. Forskin was the one examining the pt., b/c the sentences all ran together. It made for a great laugh.
- 1Nov 11, '03 by NotReady4PrimeTime, RN Senior ModeratorOriginally posted by LPN2Be2004
Med order for "Albuteral, IV". Seen this one a few times from the same dr.
I'm assuming ya just hook the inhalor to the saline loc and press away? lmao