In Which Beds Disappear and Magically Reappear

It’s probably a good rule in life that if you’re going to lie, make it at least credible and hard-to-check.

Patient LM is assigned to bed 5005 Bed 2 on 5 South. I tell LM’s nurse the bed is ready and to call up report. Ten minutes later LM’s nurse comes back and informs me that 5 South charge told her a patient is still 5005 and “wouldn’t be discharged for a couple of hours.”

Curious, but it happens. Miscommunication and so on. I call Admitting. There’s a patient still in the bed.

“That bed has been empty for a week,” says Admitting. “It was blocked because the next bed was a Contact isolation, and he was discharged yesterday.”

Heh. Busted. And the 5 South Charge Nurse on today really hates me, with a pure and unremitting hate, the sort that blights grass and makes small children cry. I laugh.

“Can I call 5 South? Please?”


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  1. #1 by Terri on Monday 17 May 2010 - 1044

    Baw ha ha ha ….. Been there, done that.

  2. #2 by Zoe on Monday 17 May 2010 - 1123

    Busted! Ha ha ha!

    Don’t worry, I am also the object of hatred amongst various floor charge nurses, I still sleep well at night.

  3. #3 by Maha on Monday 17 May 2010 - 1312


    Like the Black Eyed Peas sang,

    No,no, no, no baby, no, no, no, no don’t lie
    No, no, no, no, yeah, you know, know, know, know, you gotta try
    What you gonna do when it all comes out
    When I really see you & what you’re all about

    Never mind that BEP is playing on the radio right now…

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