What Is Your Most Gross, Yucky, Disgusting Nursing Horror Story? - page 133

:D Here is my most gross, yucky, disgusting nursing story! I was working a night shift on a tele floor as a new Nurse. We had this one poor old lady who was confused and was restrained as... Read More

  1. by   rph3664
    Leonca, welcome aboard! You do not have to be a nurse to post here. I'm a pharmacist, and there are physicians, dental hygienists, and at least one other vet tech named Fuzzy who stops by occasionally.
  2. by   wound warrier
    To add to what Optomist wrote, this incident happened soon after I graduated. Had a patient with dry gangrene of her foot and ankle, that the family finally consented for surgery. Night before surgery, family outside of room, I turned the patient and the foot fell off. Did not know what to do. So I propped the foot in line with the leg, covered the lady up, and let her family finish their visit. it was quite funny at the time!!
  3. by   Leonca
    thanks rph3664. i don't have a whole lot to add yet, and certainly not nearly as disturbing as most of the posts here, but i'm sure that will change with more experience.


    when i worked in med-surg i was walking down the hall and i kept hearing this awful spuing sound. i kept walking till i found out where it was coming from. i walked in a pts. room and here lays this man about 80 y/o totally not with it. he had been restrained
    and was laying there coughing up loogies and spitting them straight up in the air, of course they (the loogies) came back and splattered him in the face. <?xml:namespace prefix = v ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:vml" /><v:shapetype id=_x0000_t75 class=inlineimg title="stick out tongue" stroked="f" filled="f" path="m@4@5l@4@11@9@11@9@5xe" alt="" src="http://img.an-file.info/smilies/tongue.gif" border="0" o</v:shapetype>referrelative="t" o:spt="75" coordsize="21600,21600"><v:stroke joinstyle="miter"></v:stroke><v:formulas><v:f eqn="if linedrawn pixellinewidth 0"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @0 1 0"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum 0 0 @1"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @2 1 2"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelwidth"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelheight"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @0 0 1"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @6 1 2"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelwidth"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @8 21600 0"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelheight"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @10 21600 0"></v:f></v:formulas><vath o:connecttype="rect" gradientshapeok="t" o:extrusionok="f"></vath><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com</o:lock><v:shape style="width: 11.25pt; height: 11.25pt" id=_x0000_i1025 type="#_x0000_t75" alt=""><v:imagedata o:href="http://img.an-file.info/smilies/uhoh3.gif" src="file:///c:\users\aimee\appdata\local\temp\msohtmlclip1\01\ clip_image001.gif"></v:imagedata></v:shape>i stood there for a minute and tried to figure out which direction i could run and hide<v:shape style="width: 19.5pt; height: 26.25pt" id=_x0000_i1026 type="#_x0000_t75" alt=""> <v:imagedata o:href="http://img.an-file.info/smilies/chair.gif" src="file:///c:\users\aimee\appdata\local\temp\msohtmlclip1\01\ clip_image002.gif"></v:imagedata></v:shape>
    but as i stood there i was wondering my god how in the world am i gonna get this cleaned up? i will vomit just from the nasty sounds he was making. so heres my secret. i went to get wash cloths and cleaning stuff and when i came back two other nurses were there to clean him and since they were doing such a nice job a third person would had just been in the way right???

    oh man, i remember this! this was actually my favorite story and the one that stuck in my head the most for the bizarre mental image it created. i'm not sure if i would want to vomit or burst out laughing if i came across that.

    one of the worst things i saw was total fecal and urinary incontinence in a cat caused by the manx gene. some manx are missing nerves which prevents them from having control of their bowels. the kitten was 15 weeks old. i don't know how the client was able to put up with that for so long before bringing it in. the client agreed to euthanasia since it isn't treatable and an x-ray we took afterward showed severe megacolon from inability to properly empty the bowels.
  4. by   luvche
    I thought my grossest story was when a gentleman's G-tube became clogged. We tried EVERY old fashioned and new fashioned way to unclog it. Finally my charge nurse decided it just needed elbow grease. I stood back. She did until the pressure shot the syringe out along with all the old, rotten tube feeding. Guess who it hit? ME!!! It smelled like rotting milk. All we had in spray form was Lysol. So after wiping down I had to decide whether I wanted to smell like rotten milk or ORIGINAL (not meadow fresh!!) industrial Lysol. It was a great rest of the night.

    The next year, I was travel nursing. A co-worker had a patient who was old, homeless and b*t sh*t crazy. He finally had to be restrained. He was also receiving blood. We walked into his room to check on him and had somehow got to his IV line, chewed in in half and was DRINKING THE BLOOD HE WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE INFUSING!!!! All this in a period of 5-10 minutes!!!! While in restraints!!!!!!!!!
  5. by   RexNYC
    I had an elderly patient who was receiving tube feeds through his PEG. Around mid-morning he had vomitted so I decided to turn off his feeds for a while. A couple hours after turning off the feeds I gave him some po meds through his PEG & followed it up with a flush. As I turn my head away from the patient to place the cath tip syringe on his bedside table I hear a retching sound & the next thing I know the poor guy is projectile vomitting literally gallons of bile all over me. My entire left side was soaked: my scrub top, my pants, & my long-sleeved undershirt. I must've been in a little bit of shock because as I'm coming out of his room & everyone realizes what has just happened to me all I could think was: "I gotta decompress his belly right now!" Luckily my charge nurse took me in hand. He reassured me he would take care of my patient & he took me to another section of the unit & got one of the nurse practitioners to find me another set of scrubs to change into. I will remember that moment for the rest of my life.
  6. by   Leonca
    Quote from luvche
    The next year, I was travel nursing. A co-worker had a patient who was old, homeless and b*t sh*t crazy. He finally had to be restrained. He was also receiving blood. We walked into his room to check on him and had somehow got to his IV line, chewed in in half and was DRINKING THE BLOOD HE WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE INFUSING!!!! All this in a period of 5-10 minutes!!!! While in restraints!!!!!!!!!

    That may be less disgusting than all the patients who are caught eating their own poo, but it's still pretty disturbing.
  7. by   FranEMTnurse
    One of the worst things I saw was total fecal and urinary incontinence in a cat caused by the Manx gene. Some Manx are missing nerves which prevents them from having control of their bowels. The kitten was 15 weeks old. I don't know how the client was able to put up with that for so long before bringing it in. The client agreed to euthanasia since it isn't treatable and an x-ray we took afterward showed severe megacolon from inability to properly empty the bowels.[/QUOTE]I must have the missing Manx nerves then too.
  8. by   NurseAuntowl
    I work on a critical care step-down unit where we see all manner of wounds. The worst (so far - I'm still a new nurse) was a very unfortunate gentleman admitted with sepsis associated with gangranosum pyoderma, an autoimmune disorder that results in giant horrific stage IV and V wounds with tunneling that connected some of them ALL OVER HIS BODY - trunk, buttocks, groin, arms and legs. He'd been cared for at home by his wife and a home healthcare nurse for 6 months prior to admit, and they'd been dressing the wounds with wet packing and duoderm and leaving them covered for days at a time, so you can imagine what we found when we finally got all the dressings off him. Dear lord the SMELL. He required jet lavage debridement every other day and a full dressing change every day, a process that could take as long a three hours and had to be done in a couple of blocks so he could be medicated and we could stand to be in the room with him - and this went on for 5 weeks. By the time we finally got him DC'd to rehab, the whole unit smelled like rotting flesh.
  9. by   luvche
    Quote from NurseAuntowl
    I work on a critical care step-down unit where we see all manner of wounds. The worst (so far - I'm still a new nurse) was a very unfortunate gentleman admitted with sepsis associated with gangranosum pyoderma, an autoimmune disorder that results in giant horrific stage IV and V wounds with tunneling that connected some of them ALL OVER HIS BODY - trunk, buttocks, groin, arms and legs. He'd been cared for at home by his wife and a home healthcare nurse for 6 months prior to admit, and they'd been dressing the wounds with wet packing and duoderm and leaving them covered for days at a time, so you can imagine what we found when we finally got all the dressings off him. Dear lord the SMELL. He required jet lavage debridement every other day and a full dressing change every day, a process that could take as long a three hours and had to be done in a couple of blocks so he could be medicated and we could stand to be in the room with him - and this went on for 5 weeks. By the time we finally got him DC'd to rehab, the whole unit smelled like rotting flesh.
    We had a lady brought to hospital from nursing home. When I got report from ER, they said when they pulled off her leg bandages, there were maggots all in her wounds (when did nursing home last check her wounds?????)
    we had to do many wet to dry dressings daily. My sift fell such that I had to do them twice a shift. IV fentanyl along with PO percocet didn't even begin to help the pain this woman had during that. She was about 85 years old. So sad. No family to speak of that we knew
  10. by   mscranton
    While I was changing an ostomy bag and cleaning his site; some feces splashed onto my lip!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can hardly stand to even think about it!!!!
  11. by   NurseAuntowl
    Quote from mscranton
    While I was changing an ostomy bag and cleaning his site; some feces splashed onto my lip!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can hardly stand to even think about it!!!!
    We had a long-term pt. with an osotomy bag that required emptying every hour (or more) OR ELSE. It exploded on a regular basis - the first time it was noteworthy for a new nurse, but after that it just became routine. They ought to make those things with a one-way gas valve - 30 cc's of fluid, and it's exploding? (and I'm guessing you WOULDN'T be surprised how far 30cc's of fecal fluid can travel under pressure).
  12. by   rph3664
    Quote from NurseAuntowl
    We had a long-term pt. with an osotomy bag that required emptying every hour (or more) OR ELSE. It exploded on a regular basis - the first time it was noteworthy for a new nurse, but after that it just became routine. They ought to make those things with a one-way gas valve - 30 cc's of fluid, and it's exploding? (and I'm guessing you WOULDN'T be surprised how far 30cc's of fecal fluid can travel under pressure).
    I never had kids, but even I know that.
  13. by   bevtag
    gag! That makes me vomit in my mouth just a little...

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