and i somehow missed it. my guy had a liver ablation done. i am a new grad in the recovery room, i usually turn all of my pts to check their skin quickly. this guy had an epidural so i am almost certain i seen his back, he was a little red, but most pts are after lying on their backs in the or. this pt was with me for a few hours and was discharged by another nurse on my unit. when he arrived tot he floor the nurse noticed a fluid filled bubble from a burn. the next day the or nurse manager was hunting me down because she thought i was the one who noticed the burn.
so of course, the hospital has to investigate this. i am worried that i am ina whole bunch of trouble. i am praying that i documented that my pt's skin was intact. my theory is that he could have been burned and the skin was just red and blistered over time. i have had minor burns before and i dont remember the skin blistering right away. either way i look at it i am in the wrong because i only assessed his skin once. he was in the recovery room for at least 2 or 3 hours. my coworker who discharged him didnt see his skin becasue she just sent him to the floor. i honestly dont even remember his back or if i even looked at it. but, i know i routinely look at everyone, but nothing about him is standing out in my mind.
i guess i am posting to kind of vent, and seek advice. whats the worst that can happen to me? i am terrified that i will be pulled into court. i never thought i would be in this situation so soon..... thanks for listening everyone