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Grossest Thing You've Ever Seen

Specializes in SICU, Peds CVICU.

So today I was emptying my patient's recently revised colostomy drainage...And I removed about a pound of what looked like pot roast, along with peas and cucumber seeds. I didn't freak out in front of him, but on the inside I was gagged and trying not to freak out. I've seen lots of other really "gross" things and not even flinched, but for some reason that almost did me in.

So now I need to know... what's the grossest thing you've ever seen?

ArwenEvenstar

Specializes in med-surg, teaching, cardiac, priv. duty.

I'm the "good nurse" that does not like to ask a nurse assistant to do something "yucky". It makes me feel like I am lazy or just pushing off less desirable tasks onto the nurse assistant. (Yea, maybe I have problems with assertiveness...) ANYWAYS, one time something I found in a patient's room so grossed me out that I (even I) had no problem going straight to the nurse assistant and asking her to take care of it...Although I told her I was so sorry.

Okay, maybe it's not so bad but to me it was.... I had a VERY obese patient (probably around 500 pounds) and he pooped in a bedside commode. And it looked like cow manure! It was the biggest pile of human poop I have ever seen in my life!! And it was a huge, soft, blob of poop! Not diarrhea, but this mushy blob!!!! I just about lost it, and if I had to have cleaned the commode I think I would have vomited!!

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych.

I'm not particularly squeamish, but when I was fresh out of nursing school, I had a patient with no circulation in one foot. I was changing the dressing when two of his toes literally fell off into my hands. They looked like shriveled-up little black raisins. And he hadn't felt a thing. 'Twas all I could do not to freak out and run out of the room, especially when he asked "Nurse, is everything all right?"

KourtneiNurse

Specializes in Urgent Care, Research, Care Coordination.

I'm not particularly squeamish, but when I was fresh out of nursing school, I had a patient with no circulation in one foot. I was changing the dressing when two of his toes literally fell off into my hands. They looked like shriveled-up little black raisins. And he hadn't felt a thing. 'Twas all I could do not to freak out and run out of the room, especially when he asked "Nurse, is everything all right?"

That was hilarious:rotfl:! Gross yes but I really LOL-ed with that one!:lol2:

Grossest thing for me was when I was a paramedic student we went down to the morgue at the county hospital to practice central lines. The guy in charge told my instructor the only canidate was someone who had been there for a while. He wheels her out of the refrige area and I unzipped the bag and found my self looking at GREEN BLUE FUZZY MOLD GROWING OUT OF HER MOUTH AND NOSE!

Scrubby

Specializes in Operating Room Nursing.

The worst thing I've ever seen was when I scrubbed for a a hydatid cyst removal. These cysts are caused by a parasite which passes from livestock, dogs etc and can then be passed on to humans. It was attached to the patient's liver so we had to do a laparotomy. When they opened it up (it was pretty big) the stuff that came out (which was full of smaller daughter cysts) was thick and looked like peanut butter. Absolutely disgusting but kind of interesting as well....

icyounurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in MICU, SICU, PACU, Travel nursing.

I'm not particularly squeamish, but when I was fresh out of nursing school, I had a patient with no circulation in one foot. I was changing the dressing when two of his toes literally fell off into my hands. They looked like shriveled-up little black raisins. And he hadn't felt a thing. 'Twas all I could do not to freak out and run out of the room, especially when he asked "Nurse, is everything all right?"

OH...MY......GOODNESS

I am speechless:barf01:

huntfishrn

Specializes in Icu, ltac, stepdown.

this wasn't so much gross as WRONG.... this obese lady was having issues with yeast in her folds (of course) and when i was giving her a bath one time i washed the fold where her leg bends at the hip and there in front of me where to "skin bridges" that were intact and you could actually place your finger under them. it looked like bread dough, but was her skin!!!! i guess it happened when her skin was raw and fused back together in spots and then eventually stretched out. every thing was healed but i would bring new nurses in and stick my finger (gloved of course) under it wiggle it and they would literally gag!!! funniest grossest thing ever!!!!

icyounurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in MICU, SICU, PACU, Travel nursing.

I would have to say:

Doing peri care on older woman, unresponsive, being "cared for" by daughter at home...

I found tunneled abscesses in the vagina that my Q-tip just disappeared into, and of course, what I believe were maggots. The smell---words cannot describe.

I had to leave the room and come back with reinforcements to finish:uhoh3:

huntfishrn

Specializes in Icu, ltac, stepdown.

I'm not particularly squeamish, but when I was fresh out of nursing school, I had a patient with no circulation in one foot. I was changing the dressing when two of his toes literally fell off into my hands. They looked like shriveled-up little black raisins. And he hadn't felt a thing. 'Twas all I could do not to freak out and run out of the room, especially when he asked "Nurse, is everything all right?"

i think i would have pee'd myself laughing!!!!:omy:

mountainnurse

Specializes in Emergency.

I work in the ER and a patient came in from a SNF with an infected fistula with an opening to the lower abdomen. When we removed the bandage, the weight of my hand above the opening caused purulent drainage to POUR out:eek: and quickly run down in between her labia before I could grab 4x4's next to me and stop it. Without forcing it, the wound drained about 800 ml and the smell was unbearable. I had to get a mask and leave the room several times to stop myself from vomiting. The only blessing was that the pt thankfully was totally unaware of what was going on due to advanced Alzheimer's. This among the long list of disgusting things I have seen and done still is at the top for me for some reason, I think partly because I was totally unprepared for what was underneath the dressing.

Scrubby

Specializes in Operating Room Nursing.

I work in the ER and a patient came in from a SNF with an infected fistula with an opening to the lower abdomen. When we removed the bandage, the weight of my hand above the opening caused purulent drainage to POUR out:eek: and quickly run down in between her labia before I could grab 4x4's next to me and stop it. Without forcing it, the wound drained about 800 ml and the smell was unbearable. I had to get a mask and leave the room several times to stop myself from vomiting. The only blessing was that the pt thankfully was totally unaware of what was going on due to advanced Alzheimer's. This among the long list of disgusting things I have seen and done still is at the top for me for some reason, I think partly because I was totally unprepared for what was underneath the dressing.
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Starting to feel a bit sick now...:barf01:

huntfishrn

Specializes in Icu, ltac, stepdown.

I work in the ER and a patient came in from a SNF with an infected fistula with an opening to the lower abdomen. When we removed the bandage, the weight of my hand above the opening caused purulent drainage to POUR out:eek: and quickly run down in between her labia before I could grab 4x4's next to me and stop it. Without forcing it, the wound drained about 800 ml and the smell was unbearable. I had to get a mask and leave the room several times to stop myself from vomiting. The only blessing was that the pt thankfully was totally unaware of what was going on due to advanced Alzheimer's. This among the long list of disgusting things I have seen and done still is at the top for me for some reason, I think partly because I was totally unprepared for what was underneath the dressing.

AWESOME!!!! I LOVE NURSING!!!:D

nerdtonurse?, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU, Telemetry.

I got 2 I can't decide between, so....

1) Homeless guy, living in the woods, had maggots in his rectum. Doc told me later that he thought the guy'd had hemorrhoids that flies had laid eggs in, eggs migrated upwards. CNA went in to change the guy, let out a scream, I go running in, and there's maggots in the brief along with stool. After I got the stool and maggots up (and got the CNA to get me collection bottle for the lab), I got a couple of 10cc flushes and tried to wash the site enough to figure out where they were coming from. You could see them just boiling out of the guy's anus. Called the doc, guy went for tests (CT and xray, I think, it was last year) and then off to surgery. Guy didn't make it. The smell was...unique. Sorta like a GI bleed, you can't describe it but you sure don't forget it.

2) Alcoholic with dissecting esophageal varices, threw up the lining of his esophagus and about 2 units of blood. CNA went in to give him his bath, yelled, "I need a nurse in here NOW!" We go running in, and he's sitting on the edge of the bed in front of "Lake Esophagus" -- he didn't call for a nurse, and was sorta shocked by the whole thing, I think. He went for emergency surgery, got his esophagus replaced by a section of his colon (I think that's what they said they did). I just remember coming thru the door and we all came to a dead stop, and I said, "Wow, you don't see that every day..."

When I worked I in LTC, I had a stomach of pure steel. Nothing phased me. NOTHING...

However, we got a stubborn old man who had gangrene on his foot. It should have been amputated but he flat out refused.

He could not come out to our dining room unless his lower leg was covered in a plastic bag and then covered with a lap robe to hide it.

I had to remove the bag back in his room after dinner. It was the first time I had done it. I was chewing Mint-a-Burst gum and as I removed the bag, the over-powering scent of rotten flesh permeated the air.

The patient asked me a question and I had to answer. When I opened my mouth, it was like all the foul stench entered my mouth. It mingled with the intense minty flavor of the gum.

I tasted mint and rot.

I could hardly keep from losing it. It was horrid!

I managed to finish up with the patient, left the room as cooly as I could, made it to the soiled utility room and ALMOST threw up.

I have not been able to chew that particular brand of gum since... and that was probably 15 years ago!

I don't know about the grossest thing, but definitely the weirdest thing i've seen was when I was at clinicals and I was assigned a patient. The chart said "female", the ID band said "female". When I went to change the diaper, I was staring at her penis. And that's not the weird part. Right when I was leaving the room after changing and cleaning her/him, she gets up as if she wasn't bed bound at all. My classmates were snickering in the hallway saying "maybe he just wanted you to handle her goods, lol".

mizfradd, CNA

Specializes in med/surg, psych, public health.

OMG, LMAO at all of y'all's experiences and feeling kind of queasy at the same time!!!

:hhmth:

Especially love nerdtonurse's "Lake Esophagus".... :chuckle

I....I just remember coming thru the door and we all came to a dead stop, and I said, "Wow, you don't see that every day..."

can't... stop.... laughing..............

Oh the joys of nursing!! Some of these were great! :yeah: Thanks for posting...us night nurses were getting a kick out of them this morning:rcgtku:

mpccrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU.

grossest.......mushrooms growing in crevices of a leg with elephantism :bugeyes:

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