Removed staples a day early!

  1. So I had a POD 14 patient, R TKR, who had 55 staples. We have several different Ortho MDs that we deal with and most of them have orders to remove staples on POD 14. Well, out of habit I removed them today. Apparently they weren't to be removed until tomorrow at her follow up appointment. Then to make matters worse, I ran out of steri-strips!

    I feel so bad about this but then again, she was POD 14 and its not like it was a week early! I talked to my supervisor who told me not to worry about it and my manager said the same thing. I just hate making stupid mistakes like this! Lesson learned I guess!
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  3. by   ijuanabhappy
    I don't think the one day will matter. Did the wound look good? closed and approximated? No sign of infection? 55 staples seems like a lot for a knee. The nurses at the office will probably be happy they don't have to taken them out, but yes, in the future it's best to follow the correct orders; mistakes happen. I would just explain to the MD office what happened... should be fine
  4. by   Pangea Reunited
    That sounds like a very small issue- if it's even an issue at all. I'm guessing you will be just fine.
  5. by   nurseprnRN
    Next time before you take out staples, check to be sure you have enough Steristrips or lots of paper tape to make your own.
  6. by   nurseklg
    Never thought about using paper tape!