Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Me: "What year is it?"

Patient: "2012."

Me: "Right."

Nurse: "..."

Me: "Oh. I mean, WRONG."

It takes a while.


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    1. Are you sure about that OMDG? We should ask if she remembers her name and where she is right now.

  2. You get a pass on thet through January. After that...

  3. All the regular readers of Fizzy must realize by now that I am older than dirt. Back in the early days of my nursing career, we had a post-MI cardiogenic shock patient who could not get any of the usual orientation answers correct ... that is, until we asked him if he knew who the president was. His correct answer? "That a&&h*le, Nixon."

    And what is it with neurosurgeons asking immediate post-op patients to count backward from 100 by 7s? I had trouble doing that and I wasn't recovering from anesthesia or brain surgery. Tricia

  4. Quote on my desktop I "borrowed" from a blog post at least a year old by Kelly Grayson at

    "I resolve that while assessing my patients mental status, I will actually know the correct date before asking the paitent. Nothing sucks worse than having your patient demonstrate that they are more oriented then you are."

    I added a warped looking clock for my visual aid. I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets a little lost.

  5. I know how you feel.

    I've been writing "2012" as a date for all my consults/notes for the past week. When I finaly noticed, I had to go around the hospital to find those patients (that had mostly left emergency) to correct it. (Don't call it devoted ; I was just scared that some attending decides it's a big enough mistake for me to get on his wrong side).

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