Man's dentures lost in surgery, found in throat

  1. All I can say is...Wow!



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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   leslie :-D
    wonder if he died of asp pneumonia???

    leslie
  4. by   emersushea
    No frogs in his throat! OUCH!!
  5. by   EmmaG
    We had an older man who had a rather sudden change in status; he became lethargic, was unable to swallow, and in the period of about 24 hours was gurgling and having obvious respiratory distress. A CXR showed his lower plate hooked in his throat; they were ill-fitting and apparently he'd partially swallowed them while he was sleeping. An emergency scope removed the plate and he eventually recovered (he did end up with pneumonia after attempts to feed him during this time caused him to aspirate). It was a close call. Since then, I always ask my patients to remove their teeth before bedtime, especially in those who've lost weight or had other changes that would cause their dentures to not fit properly.
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    And you wouldn't believe how many people at my job lie about their teeth being "theirs" and we find out during induction that "theirs" means 'bought and paid for'
  7. by   EmmaG
    A few years back, our anesthesiologists changed the policy where we would remove dentures before surgery; we were told to leave them in but simply make note that the patient wore them. I wonder if it's going to be changed back again?
  8. by   rnmomtobe2010
    this is unfortunate!
  9. by   NYSNOWBUNNY007
    wow...i don't even know WHAT to say...dentures?...wouldn't you be able to see a bulge in the throat area...any type of redness...just the fact that he would "attempt" to eat with this object in his throat is extremely disturbing....imaging the pain involved...poor guy...he had to have died from A P...shame on them ...
  10. by   marikat534
    can you imagine how embarrassed the pre-op staff are? i wonder how they found them.
  11. by   Mulan
    Quote from Sue2006
    ...he had to have died from A P...shame on them ...

    Two years later?
  12. by   Sabby_NC
    Good grief too much lower and his toothbrush would be going somewhere else to brush those fangdangles!!!!
  13. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    And you wouldn't believe how many people at my job lie about their teeth being "theirs" and we find out during induction that "theirs" means 'bought and paid for'
    Maybe they aren't lying. That sounds so critical, accusatory, and negative.

    Maybe they just don't know what your definition of "theirs" is. I think a little very plain, simple communication could clear this up.

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