Wednesday, September 30, 2009

File this Under WTF??


Towards the end of my shift, I got a patient triaged under medical device problem. Turns out his PICC line was blocked. No biggie – I got the doc to order some heparin so I could get his treatment started as soon as possible. I got into his room and was greeted by a bunch of ex-football player, frat boy, keggers every night kind of guys. The patient had a PICC line because he developed a post-op infection in his shoulder and needed q6h antibiotics for a while. I asked him when the line became blocked and that’s when things started to make a lot less sense. Apparently a blocked PICC line wasn’t his only problem. Turns out his buddies decided to see what would happen if they shot a few tablespoons of beer and finely ground nachos into his PICC line to see if he would get drunk faster! As I tried to ungracefully pick my jaw up off the floor, they started to high five each other. The dressing was filthy and smelled like rancid beer. I changed the dressing with 4 guys telling me to “shoot some crack in his line miss”. Had I not been exhausted I would have stuck around a bit longer to see what the doc and interventional radiology would do but I figured this moron wasn’t worth the trouble. However, here’s the real kicker – the patient is a masters student in immunology! Stupid cuts across all socio-economic boundaries.

13 comments:

Flea said...

I'm still picking up MY jaw and I've read this three times!

Idiocy knows no educational boundaries apparently. I'm just baffled. Seriously, what's the point of hitting him with the big antibiotic guns if he's going to do this kind of crap? Argh!

Old MD Girl said...

Gross.

Angry Nurse said...

Thank you for a great example of someone who should know better but doesn't!

Albinoblackbear said...

The fact that this dude has lived long enough to be IN a masters program is proof to me that Darwinism faded with the advent of modern medical technology.

Wow.

Double wow.

Moose said...

Ok, I can almost (ALMOST) see the stupidity of beer. But nachos. NACHOS?!?

This is a classic example of... something I forget the sociological term for. When people who are intelligent and have common sense as individuals get together and suddenly their combined IQ and common sense drops to a number less than their hat size.

Absolutely amazing.

gabbiana said...

HA HA HA HA HA oh god.

And Moose, that term you are looking for? "When people who are intelligent and have common sense as individuals get together and suddenly their combined IQ and common sense drops to a number less than their hat size"?

Might be "boys."

MomNurseWife said...

that is WTF?

hope he doesn't develop sepsis and die.

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Hope he does.....

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Pranab Chatterjee said...

WTF... immunology? seriously?

David Head said...

I'm simply speechless.

Tee said...

You see, this is why stupid people should have to pay for oxygen!

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