What is the dumbest order you ever read? - page 5

I thought I had seen some AH orders but yesterday took the all time win! I had a 97 year old man admitted from ER with impaction and the order said---- "Give oil retention enema and have pt. hold ... Read More

  1. by   caroladybelle

    How did they get the champagne ????????

    The only alcohol in my hospital that I know of is really cheap beer, ETOH gtt, and godawful medicinal whiskey.
  2. by   tshores
    Whenever we have the occasional order for beer or whatever like that, pharmacy goes out and buys it--and they did! We laughed at the time he wrote the order, but laughed even harder later when we found out what he meant to order.
  3. by   Stargazer
    Originally posted by Dplear
    "start heplock IV wipe site first with alcohol" A resident wrote that order in all sincerity and she meant it just like that. Gee what am I gonna use? maybe feces? Dave

    Carol, that was my first reaction too! As if I'm going to waste good champagne pouring it down an NGT!
  4. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by Stargazer

    Carol, that was my first reaction too! As if I'm going to waste good champagne pouring it down an NGT!
    a leeetle beet for yooo..and a leeetle beet more for meeee...:kiss
  5. by   tshores
    Yeah, well, we DID consider those options....
    Don't know if it was GOOD champagne or not...
  6. by   skap
    Boy, working with residents I see a lot, but lord knows I can't remember them now. The only one that sticks out in my mind is and is still my favorite is "pacifier to bedside" for an infant. YIKES!
  7. by   zudy
    My very favorite was by one of our ER drs that saved ALL his charts from his 24 hr shift, and about 3 am would start ALL of his charting for the entire day About halfway thru, he would always fall asleep. We could always tell the point where he fell asleep, he would be writing, and then there would be a long line that eventually went off the page. We would let him sleep awhile, wake him, and he would ALWAYS pretend that he wasn't REALLY sleeping. Whatever. YOu get the general picture. He was charting on a pt who came in with chest pain, and was discharged home to follow up with her cardiologist. Her cardiologist's last name started with a "K" . His last order on this sweet little lady was " pt to F/U (follow up) C (with) then he STARTED then cardiologist's name, but was only able to get the first letter out before he fell asleep We all asked him to be OUR PCP, and write orders on us!
  8. by   Orca
    One order stands out:

    DC black crap.

    The patient was using a coal tar bath solution for psoriasis, and the doctor could not recall the name of it.

    One of the doctors where I work presently writes orders such as the following (emphasis added):

    BP q day X one week and record results.

    He apparently believes that if he weren't explicit, we would take the readings and not record them. "Yes, doctor, we did take the blood pressures. I don't remember what they were, because you didn't say you wanted them written down..."
  9. by   OBNurseShelley
    good lord, does that doctor think you're an idiot? how insulting
  10. by   New CCU RN
    I got one last night..... ugh, wanted to almost ask the intern if he was kidding...this poor vented lady on no sedation no pain meds, nothing was wild and needed something..... guess what the order read
    MSO4 1 mg q6h hold if pulse less than 60 I kid u not
  11. by   MissdonditaBsn
    I swear that this was a real order

    "If patient codes or if heart stops please contact before performing cpr or giving medications"

    It was an attending physician that wrote that order and believe it or not he was furious at me when I called to clarify the order. He told me that the family hadn't decided on code status yet so we were not to code the patient until he had a chance to talk to them which he would do if something happened. Have I mentioned that this physician is notorious for not answering pages for at least an hour!
  12. by   Sleepyeyes
    Just saw another weird one from night shift-- this poor doc musta been writing in his sleep....

    Lopressor 25 mg po now; hold if heart rate is over 60.

    no, we didn't give the darned pill

    HEELLOOOOOOOOO??????? wanna clarify that???
    Last edit by Sleepyeyes on Dec 8, '02
  13. by   mother/babyRN
    Well, in the resort area I was then working, eldery RICH lady is an inpatient with some medical malady which escapes me now. Order was for 45 cc Dubonet at hs. Her room mate, on the other hand, was on an anti DT regime.....The roomie was medicare, thus the difference I guess, since the first old lady had a definite drinking problem.....
    And, not too long ago I was doing orders on evenings and came across one that said " Do not call me for anything unless the pt is unarousable." Don't even call to have the previous order clarified...I called anyway......