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Things that make you go hmmm....

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duskyjewel duskyjewel (Member)

Specializes in hospice.

I saw a weird combination of objects at work last night, and it made me wonder. What are some of the oddest combinations of objects you've seen that could really only happen in a healthcare setting?

Mine was a book of Rodin sculptures propped up on a bedside commode. :wacky:

middleagednurse

Specializes in nurseline,med surg, PD. Has 50+ years experience.

A jug of antifreeze on the dining room table in a homw where 3 children live.

liberated847

Specializes in CEN, CFRN, PHRN, RCIS, EMT-P. Has 10 years experience.

A toast that looked like Elvis

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

Two entitled visitors were laying on an unclean hospital bed that, just a couple of hours earlier, had been the same mattress used by a patient with multiple nonhealing diabetic ulcers and fungating wounds.

The visitors had the nerve to complain that the mattress was stinking. I so very badly wanted to say, "Who asked you to lay there?"

In case you're wondering, the environmental services (a.k.a. housekeeping) staff had already gone home for the day, and these family members had basically taken a room over that did not belong to them or the patient they were visiting.

Not really weird, more along the lines of suspicious :sneaky:

Lighter and metal spoon (the kind from home) in a patient's bed

Hmmmm......

CrunchRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Clinical Research, Outpt Women's Health. Has 25 years experience.

Two entitled visitors were laying on an unclean hospital bed that, just a couple of hours earlier, had been the same mattress used by a patient with multiple nonhealing diabetic ulcers and fungating wounds.

The visitors had the nerve to complain that the mattress was stinking. I so very badly wanted to say, "Who asked you to lay there?"

In case you're wondering, the environmental services (a.k.a. housekeeping) staff had already gone home for the day, and these family members had basically taken a room over that did not belong to them or the patient they were visiting.

Karma. LOL!

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 20 years experience.

A 400+ pound woman's bottom dentures pressed into the flesh of her left buttock.

A commode bucket with an enormous BM in the shape of an exclamation point.

A plant pot with three dead toes pushed into the dirt. (They belonged to one of my assisted living residents who believed that they would fertilize the plant. I don't even want to talk about how she lost them.)

I'll be back after I've jogged my memory for more.

abbnurse

Has 29 years experience.

Great thread, duskyjewel! Mine is about a patient I cared for who always carried a baby doll in her arms. She "fed" the baby from a small bottle of Tabasco sauce. ALWAYS......Tabasco sauce. When she put the baby doll to" bed", she wrapped it and the Tabasco sauce bottle in a little purple tie-dyed blanket. Very interesting combination of items, I always thought.

(I bought a tiny baby bottle with artificial milk inside and asked her if she would prefer to use that for feedings, and she replied '"No thanks, honey".)

Edited by abbnurse

Most of the very weird things I have seen were not in a health care setting but were in patient homes where health care was being delivered.

There was that guy who had all of his pets "preserved" by taxodermy after they died (that was his hobby). They were mostly small dogs with a few cats and birds thrown in the mix. It was a creepy cramped and dark little house. Smelled funny too.

Toes in the potted plants for the win! *jaw dropped*

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 20 years experience.

Toes in the potted plants for the win! *jaw dropped*

Yeah. She had necrotic toes that she refused to have removed, fearing that her entire foot would be amputated. We were treating them with medicated cream and a gauze pad covered with Saran Wrap. (Yep, it was a real doctor's order.) Anyway, one night she ran over her toes in her wheelchair and they just.....fell.....off. My staff was horrified, but she swore it didn't hurt.

So she had this potted ficus, and she put the toes in there to "give it some extra nutrients". Honestly, I think she did it to tease the staff, most of whom were revolted by this and refused to go in her room more often than was absolutely necessary.

motherof3sons

Specializes in LTC. Has 22 years experience.

A set of upper dentures found in vagina of little old lady with dementia....question of the day is....now what do you do the teeth???

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 20 years experience.

Ugh. That reminds me of the NH resident who used to wash her dentures in her (full) bedpan.

chiandre

Specializes in EDUCATION;HOMECARE;MATERNAL-CHILD; PSYCH. Has 25 years experience.

Patient on NPO drinking from the toilet bowl....Ewwww!!!

RN., MSN, RN

Specializes in Perianesthesia. Has 30 years experience.

Patient on NPO drinking from the toilet bowl....Ewwww!!!

That would not make me go hmmmmmm......THAT would make me go (hurl).

Toes in the potted plants for the win! *jaw dropped*

I know, right? That is potentially the creepiest thing...ever.

Ruby Vee, BSN

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience.

NPO drinking from the toilet bowl, the mop bucket and his roommate's urinal.

Three packages of saltines in an old woman's vagina.

TV remote stuck in the enormous butt crack of a 400 pound patient -- her husband was thrilled -- it had been missing for weeks. He grabbed it without so much as wiping it off and stuck it in his shirt pocket. EWWWWWWWW!

Artificial eye stuck in vagina. (She was afraid the nurses would steal it when she took it out for the night.)

LVAD controller stuck in patient's size 52 H bra. (Her cell phone was in the other cup).

sissiesmama, ASN, RN

Specializes in ER, TRAUMA, MED-SURG. Has 22 years experience.

A 400+ pound woman's bottom dentures pressed into the flesh of her left buttock.

A commode bucket with an enormous BM in the shape of an exclamation point.

A plant pot with three dead toes pushed into the dirt. (They belonged to one of my assisted living residents who believed that they would fertilize the plant. I don't even want to talk about how she lost them.)

I'll be back after I've jogged my memory for more.

Ugh! Toes?? Gives me the heebie jeebies!!

Anne, RNC