Most horrible thing witnessed in my nursing career thus far..
So after my confused patient had a very uneventful night, his bed alarm sounded. By the time I responded, he is in the middle of the room. Normally, this wouldn't be too big of a deal, however, there's a catch. He had a foley in, and apparently while walking, pulled it out.
After this incident, which had me cringing from the thought of pulling a foley out, I of course had to inspect the site. Apparently, on the underside, his penis had split...
This was quite possibly the most gruesome thing I think I'd ever seen. I've seen ripped off arms, dehisced surgical wounds, but I think I was about green for this one.
Anyways, in response, it turns out his penis was partially split anyway and this just finished the job. Either way, there wasn't any blood. You could still see the urethra further back from the split, and since the patient had a urology appointment today anyway, we just decided to have a doc take a peek until the appointment.
Most horrendous thing I've ever seen... and especially if your relieving nurse is a male, if your patient's penis looks like a split hotdog at the ballpark, let him know so he's not walking into it blind!