Former Inmate Sues Prison Nurse Over 55-Hour Erection - page 4

An ex-con is suing an Upstate New York prison nurse who allegedly sent him back to his cell after medication side effects gave him a painful erection that wouldn't go away. ... Read More

  1. by   rkitty198
    Remembering what I learned in school is that many psychiatric drugs can cause priapism, this sustained erection.
    I think that if he did complain it is the Nurses responsibility to note any changes in the patients condition.

    Maybe she had lots of men with erections, checking in on their complaint and then going back in after another complaint. Some probably sit there and play the "erection game" which I have seen, even with Foleys!
    However, it is up to the Nurse to know what side-effects are of medications and to notify the MD if there are any changes with the patient.

    It would only take a medication to reverse the priapism and then one would be able to tell if this was for real.

    Sonnyluv-
    Even though he is was an inmate I dont think passing judgement on him would allow for neglectful care, or the loss of sexual function in his marriage- if there was neglect done here

    I think working in a prison would take a very special type of nurse! I have had inmates at my hospital who complained of rectal bleeding and after a quick colonoscopy there was nothing to back up the bleeding story, but it was a complaint that had it been real could have been very bad.
    Take an inmate who had colon ca with mets, been complaining for years about rectal bleeding. Started noticing a very foul odor from rectum and massive bleeding to get hospitalized. It was too late for this person, not to say it would have made a difference, but still a human being nonetheless.

    True there may have been many factors that we did not get to read. It is not up to us to pass the ultimate judgement, we are not judges.
  2. by   allischalmers1977
    That's hilarious! "No pun intended"

    I had to do nursing clinicals in a jail that housed 2000 medium security prisoners. I was amazed how the nurses were able to triage these people. Every prisoner wanted to go to the ER on Friday, because they knew they would be admitted and likely not discharged until Monday. They faked chest pain and siezures, which would be hard to poo-poo. One prisoner joked that the food was better in the hospital... What a waste of tax dollars! I have to give those nurses credit, I could never work in that environment.
  3. by   Orca
    It really tests your assessment skills. On one hand you don't want to dismiss a potentially life-threatening problem. On the other, you don't want to send inmates to the hospital unnecessarily. If I am in doubt I err on the side of caution (better to be accused of doing too much than too little), and we have physicians on call who make the ultimate determination as to whether an inmate is sent out.
  4. by   allischalmers1977
    I completely agree with you that it is better to err on the side of patient/prisoner safety. I would make a terrible corrections nurse, because I don't know that I would ever feel totally safe sending someone back to their cell after they claimed "chest pain". The place I did clinicals was just checking their vitals and telling them they could buy a tylenol! Even with all of the best monitors and lab values of my ICU, I still would have a hard time making those decisions. I trust my assessment, but I rarely have manipulative patients lying to me while I assess them! (sometimes for pain meds!) On a side note, one of the prisoners I remember would proudly tell us that he had been diagnosed with "psuedo-siezures". He evidently didn't know what psuedo meant... I bet you corrections nurses have a million funny stories!
  5. by   hopeful_army_NP
    This article needs more info. Like what assessment, documentation and treatment was attempted. Did the nurse call the MD? What nursing care measures were attempted? Etc...

    Also, we don't know why he was incarcerated, the story doesn't always go "bad person did bad thing and got caught"

    I love nurses and my profession, but we all know no one is perfect not even nurses and there are some not so good nurses.

    This nurse could have some serious consequences. I hope it turns out well for all parties.

    I would like to know what med the pt was on.
  6. by   rkitty198
    Quote from hopeful_army_NP
    This article needs more info. Like what assessment, documentation and treatment was attempted. Did the nurse call the MD? What nursing care measures were attempted? Etc...

    Also, we don't know why he was incarcerated, the story doesn't always go "bad person did bad thing and got caught"

    I love nurses and my profession, but we all know no one is perfect not even nurses and there are some not so good nurses.

    This nurse could have some serious consequences. I hope it turns out well for all parties.

    I would like to know what med the pt was on.
    The article stated Seroquel
  7. by   hopeful_army_NP
    Quote from rkitty198
    The article stated Seroquel

    Thanks
  8. by   rkitty198
    Quote from hopeful_army_NP
    Thanks
    I agree with what you said here!
    Not all who are bad in jail did bad things...

    We are not all perfect...
    We all make mistakes....
    Its a good thing that this guy is still alive, he could have died.
  9. by   wowza
    To me it sounds like the inmate has a pretty strong case and will probably win.

    According to the main article in the NY post the man's dose of his atypical antipsychotic (seroquel) was increased 25% around the time he developed priapism and didn't see a doctor for 48h because (inferring what from what the article said) the nurse didn't contact the doctor and just sent him back to his cell to ice his penis.

    BTW he was put in jail for assault.

    I agree, it would be a tough call to have to deal with a male inmate as a female nurse, when he wants you to take a look at his erection. But given that he is on a psychotropic med that was recently increased with a known side effect of priapsim you have to at least assess if he has priapism- esp since priapism is a medical emergency that is treatable if done early.
  10. by   diane227
    Was he taking medication or does he have sickle cell disease? An erection for that period of time can do grave harm to the penis.
  11. by   horselover1
    He made it through 55 hours, that is his fault though. Don't blame the nurse.
  12. by   BILLIE39
    Well with each passing hour I guess this inmate had become hardened and learned to endure lol
  13. by   vegas2009
    LOL... Yup, lawsuit. If I were in the jury though, I'd probably wouldn't stop laughing LOL (for real). Out of all the ridiculous waste of taxpayer money, this is definitely ONE of them.

    This is just like getting an orgasm through swallowing a pill? People should just be grateful that they got an orgasm within the year! Geez. People will sue for anything these days.

    Before we know it, more and more people will sue because they can't get dates, therefore -- they can't have sex!

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