Destruction at work: What have YOU broken? - page 3

i got the idea for this thread from another thread, and rather than hijack the thread about "financial damage at work" i thought i'd start a new one. i suspect we all have funny stories about... Read More

  1. by   nursesaideBen
    Quote from santhony44
    I've spiked through the side of more than one plastic IV bag!
    Thank goodness I'm not the only one who has done that :spin: Well, I haven't broken too many things yet but on incident I did have happened about 2 months ago in clinicals, my patient had an 02 tank in her room that I accidently knocked over, I was so afraid it was going to explode or something lol it sounded like a bomb had been dropped when it hit the concrete floor the patient's nurse ran into the room "What happened is everyone okay!?" The nurse about died laughing and my instructor when I told her what happened (she had heard the noise) just shook her head and said "Oh lord Ben." Luckily she didn't take points off my clinical grade :smilecoffeecup:
  2. by   lovingtheunloved
    The plugs for air mattresses are ALWAYS getting broken, because when you raise the bed, it pushes the plug, and the prongs get stuck in the wall. Our jackass maintenance man yelled at me once saying it cost hundreds of dollars to fix each one, but Sir Moron left the price tag on one of the replacement plugs. $3.79.
  3. by   jimthorp
    I've seen it hinted at here so has anyone been threatened with having to pay for something they broke?
  4. by   P_RN
    32 years of nursing fun and games.

    Somebody in the OR (not me that time)tried to reheat hamburgers in the big autoclave. BOOM. They then decided that we didn't have to totally get redressed to go to meals, that a scrub coat would do. All we had to change were the shoe covers.

    I was flushing a dead leech and accidentally flushed his live replacement too. Those are expensive but no harm no foul.

    Other thread, friend trendelenberged a tv.

    Trying to put a sheet over a mirror so the patient couldn't see "that other person staring at her," and the mirror (4'x6') came off the wall. Didn't break but you probably heard me hollering help.

    Glass thermemeters, mercury sphygmomanometer tubes, dinamap plugs, Herman Miller cubicle walls are all traps that nurses fall into.
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Somebody in the OR (not me that time)tried to reheat hamburgers in the big autoclave. BOOM.
    That's strange, we cook corn in the autoclave once a year and it doesn't explode.
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Almost forgot, accidentally busted a key off in half, in the narc cabinet once a few years back.

    OH DID THAT STINK. We had to have someone come in at nighttime to fix that! Bad nursey.
  7. by   P_RN
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    That's strange, we cook corn in the autoclave once a year and it doesn't explode.
    For sure? Well this was in '74. I think what they really did was put it on the outside of the oven between the walls and the insulation. All I remember is there was the distinct fragrance of burned meat and fried onions.....for WEEKS. HB everywhere..
  8. by   TheOneWithGlasses
    I've dropped the (digital, aural) thermometers a couple times at work but fortunately they were okay other than the back cover popping off.

    This past summer I broke a large clock in a resident's room. It was hanging over the glove holder just outside the bathroom. As I was leaning around the doorway, wetting washcloths with one hand while trying to wiggle a glove out of the box with the other, the box moved upward, hit the bottom of the clock and sent it crashing to the floor. There was a huge boom along with the crash of the glass clock face shattering. Apparently it was louder than I realized because staff came running from the next unit to see what happened. The whole time, the resident sat calmly in her chair and didn't even flinch (and yes, her hearing's fine so she had to have heard it). She didn't even seem to care what had happened but I felt horrible for a long time after.
  9. by   Ruby Vee
    [font="comic sans ms"]i've broken a few glass thermometers and glass syringes. i also broke a sphygmomanometer once. the thing was on wheels, and on a slow (very slow!) night, i discovered that if you ran with it, then jumped on you could coast all the way to the end of the hallway. (the floors were uneven and it was a downhill slope.) the na and i were having a great time scooting on the sphygmo. it was my turn, and just as i was getting to the end of the hall, the nursing supervisor popped out of the stairwell right in front of me. i fell off the thing and landed in a heap on the floor on top of it, trying to avoid hitting the supervisor. the glass broke and there was mercury all over.

    the nursing supervisor just shook her head.

    in those days, we had to write out an incident report for every piece of equipment that was damaged, and either the nm or the supervisor had to sign it before the end of your shift. i had a "gift" for writing creative incident reports, and the supervisor got such a kick out of some of my incident reports that occaisionally i'd slip a fake one into the stack and watch her try not to laugh as she read it. so she was eagerly looking forward to the report i'd write on the sphymo incident. it was one of my more boring incident reports: "while proceding down the hall with the sphygmomanometer, i was startled by the nursing supervisor as she exited the stairwell and fell down, breaking the syphmomanometer." (not untrue, just not the whole truth!) i was lucky. she liked me. she signed it without comment.
  10. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Oh yes, i've jammed numerous copiers, but i have never left the scene of the crime. I'm there till someone comes to help fix it.
    I've been invited to stay out of the copy room at work. Apparently just my presence is enough to jam the dang thing.

    I broke my desk once. Long story. Makes me look one of those stupid people I talk about sometimes. Let's just leave it at that.
  11. by   P_RN
    Oh my goodness I recall a copier incident!!!

    Physical Therapy bought a new copier and gave my unit the old one. It was one of those huge ones the size of a volkswagen (j/k). A night nurse decided she wanted to photocopy her.....".gluteus area" so she sat on the glass screen........and.........the ........screen.......couldn't hndle the weight

    BROKE!! How does one write that incident report?
  12. by   palesarah
    Quote from ruby vee
    [font="comic sans ms"]
    i accidently raised a bed until the attached iv pole went through the flourescent light, which exploded, shattering glass everywhere.
    i've done that!

    i also dropped a non-waterproof doppler into a tub. ooops.
  13. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from mercyteapot
    i broke my desk once. long story. makes me look one of those stupid people i talk about sometimes. let's just leave it at that.
    [font="comic sans ms"]come on, share!