Worst doctors orders ever received

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floatRN

138 Posts

Specializes in Med-Surg. Has 4 years experience.

"Give patient a hard boiled egg."

"Neuro consult regarding headache" (patient had received nitro paste and then developed the headache)

so alive LPN

75 Posts

Tramadol for a Pt. being treated with an SSRI (sertraline, if memory serves me correct.). If the pain is that bad, then give Tylenol #3 . Sorry, I just don't feel like dealing with Serotonin Syndrome tonight. (Can you tell i've worked psych lately?)

FlamingLPN

Ruby Vee, BSN

67 Articles; 14,022 Posts

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience.
you're so right. i have never considered that term before but it was definitely an "uncode." the uncodes from hell are often far worse than when the pt actually just gets it over with and codes. i don't know if she is still alive, i never checked, but she did make it safely upstairs to icu. i felt bad for the icu nurse in report though because even when i am calm i have a huge potty mouth. all i can remember about the report i gave on this pt was the unusual high number of expletives i was tossing around like a drunken sailor..

and the icu nurse, who knows the icu resident far better than you do, was rolling her eyes and praying for the jesus bus to come rescue this poor woman sooner rather than later! lol!

Ruby Vee, BSN

67 Articles; 14,022 Posts

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience.
actually, as an endocrine nurse that sees new onset's regularly, they need fluids, especially something with k in it. after the insulin drip is started, their k will start to drop, and to keep it from dropping to much they need k. also, these pt's are dehydrated, so fluids are always good.

i think the problem with the fluid order was the "kvo" in front of it.

Specializes in ED. Has 25 years experience.

i think the problem with the fluid order was the "kvo" in front of it.

i'm so glad someone caught the message there! :yeah:

yep, the problem was indeed the "kvo" part of the order. not a good plan for hhnk patients! stupid doctor couldn't manage to tell the difference between dka and hhnk. :(

TAB_RN

96 Posts

Specializes in Cardiac Thoracic Surgery, Emergency Med.

How about "2L O2 NC" for the tetraplegic patient that has a trach and vented.

Specializes in ER. Has 4 years experience.

Measure ankles QD and note in progress notes in centimeters. Pt was a R BKA :D

one that was once given on me that made no sense.....

po antiemetic when I was ACTIVLY VOMITING...it didnt stay down and I then requested iv (since it was already in giving me fluids)

Specializes in Intensive Care Nursery. Has 13 years experience.

We have a doc that writes orders on charts like...

1. Get computer in room 2 fixed.

2. Put more orders/progress notes on chart!

Really, we call him El Diablo...

thegreenmile

117 Posts

Specializes in Mental Health/School Nursing/Corrections. Has 22 years experience.

You guys are gonna love this one.........

"Get this pt. a new chart, this one is broken" Egod!

thegreenmile

117 Posts

Specializes in Mental Health/School Nursing/Corrections. Has 22 years experience.

and to think all this takes 8 yrs of education and a residency to boot

Spritenurse1210, BSN, RN

1 Article; 777 Posts

Specializes in Med/Surg.
OMG!!! You have GOT to be kidding me!! We had a Physicians assistant who thought he could do NO wrong, but some of his orders were ridiculous!

Phenergan 100mg IVP, and then argued that that crazy dose could be given rapid, not diluted! And, yes through a peripheral iv access.

4o mEq KCl also rapid IVP, and it did not need to be diluted either! I aint giving THAT kind of bolus! I don't care WHAT the K level is!

That's just a few!

Anne[/

Obviously he skipped that pharm class during school.

This one caused me to quit on the spot:

3mg ativan ivp on a 100lb 14 year old who was complaining of arm pain after receiving a myers cocktail that was mixed without sterile proceedures and also learning she was positive for lymes (I did neither the iv and refused to do the ativan ivp)

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