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AUSTIN, TX – 56-year-old patient, Andrew Whitestack, is being credited with saving his own life by pushing the nursing call light button 46 times in one hour.  Consultants and attorneys reviewing his case have determined that pushing the call light button “repeatedly” and in “rapid succession” was the life-saving measure that kept Mr. Whitestack alive in room 418 at Memorial Hospital yesterday evening, not the nurses taking care of him.

call button nursingBy pushing his call button so many times, it alerted nursing staff that he really needed help.  Had Mr. Whitestack only pushed the button one time, nurses may not have responded since there are many “false positives” with call lights.  Only after hearing repeated buzzing and blinking of his light, did he get the attention that he deserved.

Also, Mr. Whitestack astutely picked up on numerous lethal medical conditions that his nurse had neglected to see, including tiny air bubbles in his IV, blood backing up inches in the IV tubing immediately after a blood pressure cuff inflated on the same arm as the IV, a pillow that had fallen on the ground, and a bed angle of 23 degrees rather than the prescribed 30 degree head up.  One time he even noticed his normal saline bag was about 100 ml away from being finished and nobody was in sight to begin changing it out.

“Had Mr. Whitestack not pushed his call light 46 times during the hour, the combination of all of these medical errors would have certainly led to his death,” stated medical consultant Dr. William Rolfes.  “Delays in turkey sandwich delivery, Dilaudid fast pushes, Percocet pills, and ice chips may have been enough to push Mr. Whitestack into a fatal arrhythmia.  Thank goodness he took his health into his own hands and pushed away at that button.”

Nurses interviewed on the floor were said to be appreciative of Mr. Whitestack’s attention to detail and letting them know about every ailment.  RN Samantha Williamston, a licensed refreshment and narcotics delivery worker, stated: “Without the call light flashing, I’m not sure I ever would have entered his room.  Thank you, Mr. Whitestack, for your vigilance and keeping us on our toes and for saving your own life.”

Mr. Whitestack has advice for other patients in order to help prevent this sentinel event from ever happening again: “My care at Memorial almost killed me.  I recommend to any patient that they just continuously push the call light button in order to get the help they need from the minute they are admitted.  I also recommend as soon as the nurse leaves the room, just go ahead and push the call light again since you don’t know how long it will take them to return.”

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  • Boom Boom

    sadly, Mr. Whitestack was found with his call light up his butt just after this article was published.

  • Katie Kuehn

    Sherri Anne

  • Keala Roy

    That is ridiculous!

  • Anna Schlosser

    Keala Roy

  • Shannon Caskey

    #TrueStory

  • Joe Fiala

    well it should be the most important thing, like a 911 call that sometimes goes unheeded. I know some patients abuse the buzzer which turns it into chicken little,

  • Shana Vrouletis

    Remember, mr. Whitestack pays your check, so hop to it!

  • Lanna Sherwood Clark

    Bahahahahahaha!! Awesome…

  • Joanne Cameron

    Unfortunately my friend is really like this. Not satire on his room.

  • Gomerblog

    Awesome idea! Thanks!

  • Kristy Baumgardner

    Hilarious

  • MJ Jones

    This man is in the ED every shift…

  • Lindia Stein

    I think his lesson has leaked out………;)

  • Mackenzie Betts

    : )

  • Mackenzie Betts

    : )

  • Jeremiah D MacRoberts

    Does the nap come between providing direct patient care and dealing with concerned family members or between charting patient care in expert detail and getting caught up on all the employer’s mandatory online training? I can’t remember… ;)

  • Jeremiah D MacRoberts

    Does the nap come between providing direct patient care and dealing with concerned family members or between charting patient care in expert detail and getting caught up on all the employer’s mandatory online training? I can’t remember… ;)

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  • Dawn Daniels

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  • Robyn Ayers

    I’ve met this man so many times.

  • Robyn Ayers

    I’ve met this man so many times.

  • Emilee Chaney

    Don’t forget also yelling “Nurse”!!!!!!! At the top of your lungs……..

  • Emilee Chaney

    Don’t forget also yelling “Nurse”!!!!!!! At the top of your lungs……..

  • Vicki Grossic Mooney

    I didn’t know that

  • Raquel Ledet Riddle

    No way!! Who’s idea was a call button anyway? Bad bad bad

  • Amanda Willauer

    The pillow on the ground could have definitely killed him! Bahahahahaha

  • Jessica Bode

    Yes, it’s a joke, hence being a satire page!

  • Melissa Heflin McCuistion

    This is satire.

  • Joni Kindwall-Moore

    Lol!!!

  • Gabriella Chavez

    What an insult to the nursing profession!

  • Cameron Gardner

    Joni Kindwall-Moore

  • Sarah Kohrmann

    “Wakes up the nurses”

    That’s rich

  • Missy Blatt

    His issues weren’t life threatening-what a joke

  • Angela Williams Dreher

    Yes I am crazy. However I’m talking about lay crazies!!! At work now….

  • Laura Littel Zdon

    Sounds like the pt in rm 507 last night!

  • Mary Greene

    Not on my floor. That is sad!!!!

  • Vicki Grossic Mooney

    Is this for real? If so the writer needs a smack in the head. What a joke.

  • Jennifer Woods Joiner

    Mary Greene

  • Becca Chung

    This is a joke, right?

  • Joe Fiala

    So pushing the light over and over wakes up the nurses?

  • Liz McFadden

    Thank goodness

  • Caroline Herron

    Roibeárd Tomás Mac Brádaigh too funny !!

  • Joanne Mulvey

    What a joke!

  • Sheila Garrison

    Lay people usually do not know what Gomer means !!!!

  • Sheila Garrison

    Another possibility…..because…… they’re STUPID?!?!?

  • Shawn Coil

    What you mean a pillow on the floor isn’t life threatening? My patients have been lying to me then

  • Marsha Parker

    I always wanted to invent a call bell that would just give you an electric shock if you pushed it more than twice an hour.

  • Shawn Coil

    This is awesome!

  • Mary Lofgren

    I’m usually patient,kind & forgiving,but touch that call light if you’re tired of living…

  • Cheryl Helmuth

    Av fistula in the other arm?

  • April Hager Wolski

    That. Is. Amazing!

  • Alyssa Michie

    This patient probably also googled his symptoms! Lol

  • Heather Price

    “Narcotics and refreshment delivery workers”….

  • Laura Santos

    That’s awesome!

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  • Greg Eck

    Wes Hunter, April Hager Wolski

  • Rudi Bowen-Smith

    Refreshment and Narcotic Delivery person!!! Perfect!

  • Steve Roshia Jr.

    Now hes a double lower leg amputee? With double ac access This thread is taking on a life of its own

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  • Joshua Hodgkins

    If that’s the only limb you can use.

  • Bianca Lutz

    Sometimes they just really want you to fluff their pillow haha

  • Steve Roshia Jr.

    No shit Florence nightengale but it did not specifically say that and ankles are fair game for bps using a dynamap

  • Amy Kimber

    Elizabeth VanLeirsburg Schwader :). Nostalgic for our time together ;)

  • Jenn Siva

    Um when you have a line in both AC’s?

  • Steve Roshia Jr.

    Who takes a bp on a iv access arm? Otherwise cleverly written

  • Kate Kremleva

    Bianca Lutz read the article, reminds me too much of work….just another day in paradise, right? ;)

  • Michelle Stoica

    So are you saying you’re a “crazy person” then Angela?

  • Dee Walker

    Crystal Walker

  • Heike Johnson

    Lol

  • Jen DolphinDiva Schultz

    As if the name “Gomerblog” isn’t enough to give it away as a satirical site…

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    Ryan Pettit This is sooo good

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    Bobbie Agcaoili lol

  • Micaela Jane Conroy

    this is great ;)

  • Alyssa Camarena Schneidt

    When it says it’s The Onion for medical professionals that should be your first clue that this is a highly satirical blog.

  • Maria Nikolova-Ovcharov

    :)

  • Angela Williams Dreher

    I hope so. It’s real though when crazy people read it!

  • Derek Thornsberry

    That’s my new title, Refreshments and Narcotic delivery worker. Wonder if it pays more….sounds important

  • Nancy Clements

    Aka a joke site…

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  • Ryan Pettit

    Gotta share that with my ED RNs!

  • Gomerblog

    We should almost send you a gomerblog flask for all of those shares! Thx!

  • Angela Williams Dreher

    I saw nothing life threatening in those statements. Tiny air bubbles. Blood backing up and an almost empty IV are not life threatening. Nor is a pillow on the floor.

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    Yeah, those are the FUN patients!

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    Ha ha ha ha ha…must read Joan Beauchemin Thiesen

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