What Is Your Most Gross, Yucky, Disgusting Nursing Horror Story? - page 77

: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   TazziRN
    Oh, gross!!
  2. by   yadda_yadda_yadda
    I was working two-16 hour shifts @ a nursing home, as an agency nurse.
    I had wound care to do on an elderly, bed-fast, non-responsive patient.

    I walked into her room & greeted her, as usual..going on with ..."hi, I'm your nurse today..and I'll be changing your dressing...yadda-yadda"...and I noticed a buzzing sound as I neared the bed. My first thought was "there must be a hearing aid laying around somewhere".....No hearing aid. ---- I then looked @ the A/C unit, thinking it was about to fritz out (wanting to prevent any electrical problems)....Nothing there, either.

    So--I proceeded to reposition the patient comfortably, so I could do my dressing change. Her mouth was slightly opened...revealing the source of the buzzing I had heard.

    3 flies in her mouth.


    I wanted to freak! Fortunately, the on-call doctor readily agreed to a course of prophylactic antibiotics. What a mess that would have been to explain to the family once she set in with a cough!
  3. by   helloonurse0
    As a newer LPN, in a nursing home I had a pt. with
    Huntingtons Chorea,
    the staff reported to me 2 days in a row that she had foul, watery stools, I had administered Imodium per orders and it was ineffective. So I decided to check her for an impaction. Not my very favorite thing to do, I gloved up and proceeded, however I was so grossed out when I removed a tampon from her rectum, she was unable to tell how it had gotten there.







    "Take what you like and leave the rest behind."
  4. by   TDub
    Unable. To. Tell. You.

    Hmmmm.
  5. by   kellyskitties
    To clarify my "walking in you" - obese with acute generalized edema. She was both. Weeping all over - arms, legs, face, abdomen - everywhere.

    And since my last post I nearly had a urinal poured over my head by a mentally ill patient that was mad at me. That could have been a top 10 except I was quicker than he was.
  6. by   RNDreamer
    100 pages, cool!
  7. by   gradcare
    Saw maggots eating a tympanic membrane once. Pt c/o "crunching sound" in the ear.
  8. by   Angie O'Plasty
    Quote from yadda_yadda_yadda
    I was working two-16 hour shifts @ a nursing home, as an agency nurse.
    I had wound care to do on an elderly, bed-fast, non-responsive patient.

    I walked into her room & greeted her, as usual..going on with ..."hi, I'm your nurse today..and I'll be changing your dressing...yadda-yadda"...and I noticed a buzzing sound as I neared the bed. My first thought was "there must be a hearing aid laying around somewhere".....No hearing aid. ---- I then looked @ the A/C unit, thinking it was about to fritz out (wanting to prevent any electrical problems)....Nothing there, either.

    So--I proceeded to reposition the patient comfortably, so I could do my dressing change. Her mouth was slightly opened...revealing the source of the buzzing I had heard.

    3 flies in her mouth.


    I wanted to freak! Fortunately, the on-call doctor readily agreed to a course of prophylactic antibiotics. What a mess that would have been to explain to the family once she set in with a cough!
    Ick! Sounds like she needed some mouth care too...
  9. by   TigerGalLE
    Well I have experienced some digusting smells in my short time as a nurse but the other day I experienced the worst smell ever!! This wasn't my patient but another nurse called us into the room b/c her patient had become unresponsive. We checked vitals, BS, O2 sat ect those were all fine.. Called a rapid response... Ended up coding him/her. Well, all of a sudden the pt starts projectile vomiting. And I mean this is the nastiest smelling vomit I have ever smelled. The pt came in with possible bowel obstuction. So we suctioned and placed an NG... but vomit was everywhere and the pt continued to vomit. The doc says they must of had an ileus that ruptured. They had to bring everyone in the code nose plugs. The pt was literally vomiting necrotic bowel and stool... eww I couldn't even eat lunch that day...

    So that is my number 1 nastiest smell
    Last edit by TigerGalLE on Jun 1, '07
  10. by   t4llul4h
    ok so my stories dont even come close to all of these. but i thought i'd share my FIRST ever experience on a surgical ward (and it was my first day too) one of the nurses was going to take a patients drains out and asked if i would care to watch, well im not a squemish person so i was quite happy to watch. well the nurse removed the stitches holding the drains in place and begain removing the drain, he pulled and pulled and pulled etc and with every pull on the drain i could feel myself start to get warm the nurse looked at me and asked if i was alright so having never fainted before i said 'yeah im great' i then started to sway a little and all of a sudden i couldnt see very well. i had to grab hold of the curtaines to keep myself from toppling over. the nurse shouted for someone to come help him and the nurse that came in had to help me to the bathroom. the patient later asked me 'how are you feeling' lol im supposed to ask that.

    im a lttle steadier on my feet these days

    This isnt gross but i didnt know where to post it, another tale about another patient. we got a young man admited onto the ward, he came in with his friend and was capable of walking around by himself. All the staff where busy in hand over and half way through we hear the crash alarm go, all hell brakes lose as all the staff on both shifts start running (and i mean marathon running) to the source of the emergency. all the staff burst though the door of the six bedded room, with the nurse at the front of the stampead flying (seriously) through the door, everyone nearly landing in a heap. to find.... yes you can probably guess that young man sat on his bed looking at us all at the bottom of his bed, bemused as to what is wrong with him. when he replies 'you didnt come when i pushed the buzzer'. he had pulled the crash alarm because we didnt 'come quick enough'. needless to say he had about 2 house officers 8 RNs and a handfull of support staff wanting to kick his butt out the door.

    gggrrrr some people, we did have a giggle after we all calmed down though lol
    Last edit by t4llul4h on Jun 2, '07
  11. by   TraumaGirl1018
    Quote from gradcare
    Saw maggots eating a tympanic membrane once. Pt c/o "crunching sound" in the ear.

    oh my goodness! Im cuurious, what was the ordered treatment for that one?
  12. by   CRNI-ICU20
    I worked in an ER, west coast, and a freq. flyer with asthma and CHF came in with fluid overload, low sats, and shortness of breath. This woman was nearly 400 lbs. The usual treatment was foley, lasix, inhalation therapy, oxygen, and she was usually out of the woods.
    Her belly was so huge, it hung down to her knee caps, and required three of us to cath her....two to hold up her belly, and keep her legs apart, and one to 'dive in' with a catheter. When we laid her flat and shoved up her belly, and I was all gloved and ready to insert the cath, a smashed still wrapped Hostess Twinkie fell out of her belly crease.....and her reply, "OMG! I wondered where that went!!" I am not sure what the shelf life is on a Twinkie.....but I don't think it includes belly shelf in the fine print....
    ewwwwww!
  13. by   gauge14iv
    Quote from CRNI-ICU20
    a smashed still wrapped Hostess Twinkie fell out of her belly crease.....
    Had a twinkie and a single serving carton of milk fall out from under a 500 plus pt's left breast once. eeeeeeeeeeew

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