Quote from DizzyLizzyNurse
I'll never forget I did my first CPR on someone a couple months ago. After the person was revived and sent to ICU, the PCA said, "Mrs So and so is asking for an Ambien." I walked in there just to hear, "Where the hell have you been? I've been asking for 20 minutes for my Ambien!!" I was shocked. I can't believe it would never cross her mind that there could be anything more important than her Ambien on the floor. I did tell her, "Someone coded. I was doing CPR." She got to be the shocked person then.
I had a similar, though perhaps even more egregious, situation a couple of weeks ago. In this case, the code was on the other side of the curtain... the other pt was stable and without any real needs, and heard the entire code go down from the moment the medics cruised in until we called it 45 minutes later (didn't actually code until 15 mins after arrival)... the family was at the bedside in tears... and this chump was complaining about not having been provided a telephone soon enough... not just complaining but being belligerent and bellicose.
Even had the temerity to huff at me when I crossed his path to retrieve the second rash cart 'cuz we'd tapped out the med drawer on #1.
Really? I mean, really?
As my dad used to say, "The south end of a North-bound horse."