We recently had a patient who was found at the sink pouring water into a urinal already partially filled with urine. When he was asked what he was doing he stated, "Well, I dropped this bottle and since you nurses are so concerned with the level of fluid, I was just refilling it to the amount that was in there before I dropped it."
Jan 14, '01
A patient told me, "My memory is not as good as it used to be. The older I get the easier it is to remember what happened years ago and forget what I had for lunch. I don't let it worry me though. I JUST FORGET ABOUT IT!"
Jan 24, '01
Sometimes when a patient gets to the bathroom before you can get the "hat" in there to measure the output you have to use the "tinkle factor". Ten tinkles=100cc
Don't believe me? Use a hat and count yourself!
Feb 3, '01
I was shocked when, in assessing a patient at the beginning of the shift, his urinal was filled about an inch with nasty dark brown, thick urine with dark brown specks. I asked him how long his urine had been that way. The man looked at me like I was an idiot, rearranged the huge chaw of tobacco he had in his mouth, calmly picked up the urinal, spit in it and smiled a charming, brown-toothed smile.
Aug 25, '01
Oh my god, that reminds me of when I was a new EMT (back in the far mists of antiquity). I was doing a shift in the ER, and one of our pts was a diabetic with bilateral BKAs. I walked past his bed, and saw him holding an emesis basin filled with clear yellowish liquid with brown flakes - *Coffee Grounds Emesis*... Little did I know, in my panicked state, that he had a big wad of dip in...
Aug 25, '01
10 tinkles =100 cc! LOL! I'll have to remember that! What a great tip.
Aug 30, '01
let's see 10 tinkles,......how much are sprinkles??.
Aug 30, '01
The question I have is, How many sprinkles = 1 tinkle? 3,4,5???
AND, how much would a sprinkle be??? how bout a spritzer, how much is that worth???
Oct 4, '01
newly back in the hospital environment after 8 years in public health, I tried to be very conscientious doing all the nursing tasks correctly. At 4AM vital signs on a distunguished elderly lady who had her IV discontinued on the condition she push fluids, I of course asked if she had been drinking.
I was met with an outraged and dignified response of "Of course not!" I learned to specify water, juice, etc rather than leave it open to the pt interpretation!
Oct 5, '01
This just about fits in this thread;
Another distinguished elderly lady let one go as her bed was being made. It was TOXIC! When asked if she just "broke wind," her reply was, "Of course I did! do you think I always smell like this?
Oct 11, '01
wait a sec - I'm feeling stupid! Now I know how to go from cc's to tinkles, but not the other way around! How do you know how many tinkels you're dealing with???