y'all ain't going to believe this one!!

  1. I have been debating over whether to share this or not. I've been up laughing all night though, and it's 0517! OK, so i put the patient in high stirrups for perirectal abscess. The other nurse helps me position the fellow and then we stare at each other in awe! Some nurse had marked the rectum "yes"...(site verification)

    #1). what nimwit nurse would do that?
    #2). how many rectums does a person have?
    #3). what patient would let her/him?

    If I were that patient, I would have at that point walked my absessed butt out of there! Geez! If the doc can't find my rectum he sure as hell won't be doing an I&D on it!!!

    ebear
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  2. 36 Comments

  3. by   Sabby_NC


    I am speechless (miracle in itself) LOL
  4. by   Diary/Dairy
    LOL - How awesome is that - I don;t think I could have marked it without snickering!!!
  5. by   BBFRN
    That had to be done as a joke!
  6. by   traumaRUs
    Unfortunately, I bet it was done in all seriousness by an earnest nurse trying to follow the letter of the rule.
  7. by   sirI
    Totally agree with traumaRUs on this.
  8. by   mikethern
    Rectum? Damn near killed 'em!
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from traumaRUs
    Unfortunately, I bet it was done in all seriousness by an earnest nurse trying to follow the letter of the rule.
    Yep, that is what I thought.


    steph
  10. by   ebear
    yes, it probably was done by a well intended nurse, but good grief! Have we lost all common sense? Maybe I should say "anus" to be more specific.
    ebear
    Last edit by ebear on Oct 2, '07 : Reason: specification
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    The nurse marks the site where you work?
  12. by   ebear
    MarieLPN, No, nurses don't routinely mark the site, that is to be done by the patient--unless the patient needs assistance or is unable to mark the site at all. Have you ever tried to mark on your own anus? To quote Larry the Cable Guy "Now, that's funny, I don't care who you are"...
    ebear
  13. by   sirI
    Wrong site surgery education/awareness is something I include in my legal seminars.

    Here are a couple of links to news articles regarding litigation cases:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...100200970.html

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/...-surgery_x.htm

    And, the Joint Commission on wrong site surgery:

    http://www.jointcommission.org/Patie...ersalProtocol/

    I realize the anus is something that to mark seems strange, but surgical site plays a huge role in ensuring the right surgical site/right surgical procedure for the right patient occurs.
  14. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from ebear
    MarieLPN, No, nurses don't routinely mark the site, that is to be done by the patient--unless the patient needs assistance or is unable to mark the site at all. Have you ever tried to mark on your own anus? To quote Larry the Cable Guy "Now, that's funny, I don't care who you are"...
    ebear

    I can honestly say tried to mark my own anus, nor has anyone asked me to lol.

    No just typically where i work the doc marks the spot after the pt. points to it.

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