Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Oh, the horror!

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!

10 comments:

Kendra said...

Reading that made me cringe...and I'm a female. o_O

The whole "split like a hotdog" part...yikes!

Scrub Ninja said...

I cared for a patient who had done the same thing on a previous hospital stay. Unfortunately, after discharge, he had wandered off from his nursing home and lived on the streets for a while.

By the time he was brought back to us, a thriving MRSA colony had taken up residence. He needed what the surgeon called "radical debridement" and placement of a superpubic cath.

R.C.W. said...

It was pretty horrendous. In retrospect, it wouldn't have been nearly as bad if it were reported to me and I could have prepared!

Dr. Clark Store said...

I have some some bad memories with this profession and i can't forget my bad days!!!
looks like you are also not enjoying this?
Hulda Clark

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Tin said...

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nurseLew said...

I have had quite a few male residents in my nursing home pull out foley catheters. Not all that uncommon

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