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.