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by Julie Setzer Julie Setzer, ADN (New) New

Specializes in Neuro/Trauma/MedSurg. Has 11 years experience.

Hey all. Need some advice. I work NOCS. Had a s/p BKA POD#1 who asked for an ice pack around 3 AM. I provided pack and instructed patient about "10 on/ 20 off" over intact surgical dressing. Dressing and knee brace were still intact when I gave report to oncoming RN. 13 hours later, I received a phone call at home from the Day Shift Charge Nurse. Apparently, sometime btwn the time I had left work and MD saw pt. later that AM, the pt. had removed knee brace and dressing and applied ice pack directly to incision. Charge Nurse stated that pt. told MD they had done this themselves but MD says he doesn't believe pt. and insists that I must have done it myself. No mention is being made about the oncoming RN who I gave report to. What, if anything, should I do?

JKL33

6,256 Posts

I've only encountered this type of thing rarely. Do NOT bend over backward to defend yourself or succumb to verbal diarrhea. Be very assertive and concise. "NOPE. The ice pack was placed over dressing and he was instructed appropriately. Please refer to my documentation, I don't have anything else to add and I don't appreciate the unfounded accusation."

 

Been there,done that, ASN, RN

Has 33 years experience. 6,850 Posts

" sometime btwn the time I had left work and MD saw pt. later that AM, the pt. had removed knee brace and dressing and applied ice pack". You weren't even THERE when the patient did that. Can't imagine why a night shift nurse is responsible for something that happened on day shift. 

I am wondering what else maybe going on.... and  if there is someone  looking to throw you under a bus.