What's your "Dead Patient" story? - page 4

This story is a bit of a rant, but I want to hear funny ones, too. Yeaterday, a pt of mine passed away at (time) 1727. She was 96 years old, had a fantastic life and had family & friends with her... Read More

  1. by   mattsmom81
    just hope that the non-nurses reading our posts are not shocked, offended or put off....nurses and related folks deal with this stuff and have to vent.

    Also have too many strange and wonderful death experiences I could relate...could write a book. (maybe we should)

    When I read the title of this thread the first thought I had was surgeons who refuse to admit their patient died in surgery...and roll a corpse into ICU ...praying we don't notice they're dead I guess. <sigh>

  2. by   ktwlpn
    I have had a few notable experiences of my own but I read about one last year that made me bawl like a baby.It was in a book of first person accounts of September 11-the entire book was very hard to read-you can't fathom the horrible things those people saw...One of the stories was (I think) by an EMT who arrived at the scene immediatly after the first plane hit-he saw a well coiffed and perfectly made up middle aged lady-earrings,lip stick and all-lying right the base of the Towers-his feeling was that she actually fell out of the plane...She had her eyes open and spoke to him but was only about 2/3 of an upper torso-I have to find the book and post the title..She knew he was triaging and wrote her off and she told him "I am NOT dead"...very clearly and more then once-and then she closed her eyes and died.....I have NEVER seen anything that can come close to this one.....
  3. by   Flygirl05
    We had a pt come into the ER, where I work, as a cpr in progress. We worked the code and called it. The family came in to say their goodbyes, and left about an hour later. Meanwhile, I was in helping out in the room next door with a pt who was fairly stable. I went back to help with postmortem care where we discovered he had a pulse and a terrific bp in the 120's. We decided not to extubate, and called the doctor back into the room. At that moment my lady next door dropped her pressure and a few minutes later started compressions. needless to say she died. We just joked that God got our patients mixed up.
  4. by   mario_ragucci
    Originally posted by Flygirl05
    We just joked that God got our patients mixed up.
    Lol, sometimes God does mix'em up. But the Grim Reaper never makes a mistake. Young or old, sick or well, the GR welcomes us all when we see Him :-) Lol.