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Shadows walking out of patient rooms

I work at an LTACH that’s been around roughly 100 years. It started out at a tuberculosis hospital and the oldest parts of the hospital are connected to the original building. I got floated to an older part of the hospital one evening. I was

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Old Psychiatric Hospital

When I was in undergrad, I worked at a very old psychiatric hospital in Lexington Kentucky. There were all of these old tunnels connecting the buildings that you could use to transport patients in inclement weather. Even though the tunnels that were being used have

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Please Open the Window

I work in a CTICU and a patient came in with severe aortic dissection. Originally, they were going to do emergency surgery, but then they found out the patient had taken a ton of her blood thinners thinking she had a clot and it would

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I Gave a Patient the Wrong Medication

I was a frazzled new nurse on a busy, short staffed cardiac stepdown unit. Trying to save time, I pulled patient A and patient B’s medication at the same time and put the meds in two different piles on my WOW. (I think you know

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I Poisoned My Patient

I was taking care of pretty sick/ unstable patient on the progressive care unit I work on. She had recently failed a swallow eval due to being hypercarbic and lethargic so she had a Dobhoff. She also happened to have a guillotine BKA which required

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Stat CT

I started off as a new grad in the ICU and had gotten my first PCI patient. They didn’t give the full thrombotic dose because they saw on her CT a small bleed. So I was doing Neuro checks and the doc told me if

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I Gave 100u Instead

The order was for 10u of humilin insulin subq in the ED. I gave 100u instead. I realized right away and went cold. Called a nurse to stay with patient, told Dr right away then Charge then back to pt and explained what happened to

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