What is the freakiest thing you have ever seen at work????? - page 7

Several years ago we had an elderly intubated woman admitted from the ER. She had resp. distress at home and ended up vented. They brought her up to us minus her post intubation film so x-ray came... Read More

  1. by   ERNurse752
    Had a pt in the ICU once...long hx of IV drug abuse, diabetes, renal failure, etc...she had one old AKA, and a new one. Apparently the necrosis involved not only the lower leg, but also up in the thigh and into the lower back. All the skin had been removed, with bare muscle open to air. Her lower back, buttock, and thigh were all like that...and then end of her femur bone stuck out below where the muscle ended.
    What a dressing change that was...yuck!
  2. by   KaraLea
    About 10 years ago, I was working on a Skilled nursing floor as a CNA and we got this male patient from the main hospital who had had Prostate ca. They had had to remove EVERYTHING. Including the penis and the surgical site was too large for them to close so they just left this HUGE hole for us to have to pack with gauze. Of course, he had to have a catheter but I don't know how they knew where to insert it. OH, and in report before we got him, they told us that he was completely bedridden. Imagine our surprise when we found him walking down the hall, cath bag dragging behind him on the floor. When questioned, he stated that he was headed for the VFW to get a beer. Also, this was the first time I saw a doctor's order for "one can beer twice daily".
  3. by   l.rae
    have any of you ever seen an intubation gone bad..and i mean real bad? we had an od arrive in the er via 911. medics were unable to intubate, but she was holding her own real well w/ambu and o2. md nicked the trachea. first noticed swelling on the neck slowly spreading, to her lips, face, eyelids...they were slowly becominghuge. then her chest and breasts, it actually looked as though she were being blown up like a life raft. i truly thought she would explode and guts would hit the cieling. sadly we lost her, she was young and very viable when she arrived in the er. lr
  4. by   RNinICU
    Had apatient who had a pneumo that wouldn't seal , and was on a ventilator. He had subq emphysema everywhere, looked like the Michelin man. No matter where you touched him, it felt like rice crispies. He got better eventually.
  5. by   perkines
    While doing post-mortum care on a pt who had a bowel obst. This pt was being treated without use of ng, was npo. When I turned him over a low umpff and large gush of gastric fluid goes spilling out all over bed, floor and co-worker. Fluid was yellow, green and brown., mostl brown. Fortunatly for myself I was prepared when he turned my way and avoided the rest of the emptying process. Never seen so much contects coming out. Only time I have witnesssed this in ten yrs. Hopefully never again.
  6. by   petiteflower
    priapism---and the tx. Uro took 1:10000 epi and shot in both sides of the penis. Made me hurt to watch--poor guy had been suffering for hours and hours I guess.
  7. by   SmBaxter
    Weirdest thing I have seen so far in two years of practice has been a patient with a foley to wall suction...I thought it was a joke when I saw it on the Kardex!
  8. by   RNinICU
    The first time we ever had an open heart patient come back with his chest still open. He had gauze dressings and Ioban over the area, but you could still see the cardiac contractions. It doesn't freak me out anymore though. I guess you can get used to anything.
  9. by   deespoohbear
    We had a guy brought into the ER who had a Craftsman screwdriver in his rectum. Don't know if he took it back to Sears for the exchange or not.

    When I was CNA at a retirement home we had this old lady who had a glass eyeball. One day she took the glass eye out and then proceeded to tell us that she hadn't cleaned it for over 15 Years. This woman was A and O x 3 and serious. I about gagged right there.
  10. by   edisongirl25
    I had a patient last week with uncontrolled diabetes. She is haitian and speaks little english. When I was doing her admission history, she told me how she started feelilng sick and tasted her urine and it was sweet, so she knew her sugar was high. But that wasn't the reason she came in. She came in b/c half of her foot was rotting off. The smell smacked you in the face when you went anywhere near the room. Thank God she was the last room at the end of the hall. After days of telling us that she had a voo doo curse that would be lifted as soon as she went back to Haiti, she finnaly agreed to the amputation. That was my 2nd day as a nurse. I was horrified.
  11. by   amjsmith
    Herpes lesions around a colostomy...the patient was an inmate....