A shining post-call moment:
I was trying to call the chemistry lab to cancel a lab I had inadvertently ordered on a patient.
First I called and wasn't paying enough attention to the phone menu, so I pressed the wrong number.
I called back, but this time I dialed the wrong phone number altogether.
I called back again and listened to the message, but accidentally pressed the wrong menu number again anyway.
I called back again and this time didn't listen to the message, but accidentally pressed the wrong menu number once again.
Finally, on the fifth try, I managed to get through to the lab.
Time to go home, eh?
I can so relate doc. But in a different situation. I almost gave the wrong drug to the wrong patient during my student nursing duty days. And I'm praying I won't mess up when I will start my medical student clerkship.ReplyDelete
We just need to recharge our neurons once in a while to function properly. haha!
Yeah, but if you were one of my patients you'd simply blame the whole thing on our phone system.ReplyDelete
I was on shift 4/4 (nursing - night shift) and kept calling down to lab to see if they had run my patient's ABG yet. I'm giving them a name and MR number and they keep saying that they haven't received anything. Finally, I'm about ready to shank a bitch and it's pretty obvious over the phone...when I realize that I'd been giving them the wrong patient info the entire time.ReplyDelete
I got as far as calling the lab and practically yelling at them for losing my patient's bloodwork.Delete
Then I realized I was looking up the wrong patient the whole time.
It was very embarrassing. I was post call.
I do agree, post call = slightly drunk. (especially when driving back home...)
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If you replace "chemistry lab" with "Papa Johns", this is like the story of my entire college career. And then med school happened..ReplyDelete
Yeah, I ordered some labs just before going off duty this past Wednesday, and did everything right except put the patient's ID-labels on the blood tubes... which meant they were rejected and had to be drawn again the next day. Sigh.ReplyDelete