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Hospital Staff Deciding If Cup at Nurses Station is Filled With Urine-Colored Tea or Tea-Colored Urine

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BOCA RATON, FL – The hospital staff at St. Maria-De-Madrigal-Del-Toro-Del-Mar Boca Ratón Community Hospital have spent the last four hours debating whether the unidentified liquid left in a cup at the central nursing station is urine-colored tea or tea-colored urine.

URINE TEA“I’ve cross-checked the liquid appearance with the urine in the Foley bags on this floor, and we’ve narrowed it down to 7 patients who have been pretty dry,” said staff Urologist Richard Kutt.  “Alternatively, this could be somebody’s tepid leftover tea.  Right now it’s a toss-up.”

The hospital administration, in an attempt to identify the fluid source and thereby isolate the culprit, offered a free official hospital pen to any staff member willing to taste-test the fluid.  “It’s critical for us to figure out whose paycheck to dock for this violation.  We have been on high alert since the incident at a sister hospital when an open soda can at the nursing station left several people dead,” emphasized hospital administrator Chlöe Less.  “We’re even offering a free lozenge chaser after the volunteer sips the liquid!”

Since this case was classified as “non-surgical” it was of course dumped on the hospitalist service with a STAT overhead page.

“I called Nephrology and he told me to spin the sample and check the electrolytes in the possible urine,” said the exasperated on-call hospitalist Dr. Sri-Sheshadariprativadibayankaram, MD, JD, MBA.  “But I was blocked from sending a sample to pathology since the specimen didn’t have a patient label.  I really don’t know what to do now.”

At press time, Dr. Sri-Sheshadariprativadibayankaram was strongly considering taking the taste test to avoid getting saddled with another cut in his salary.  “After all, I need a new pen, and it’s not everyday that you can get a free lozenge without a doctor’s order at 3:01 AM.”

Furthermore, hospital administrators plan on assigning a patient satisfaction survey to be filled out by the cup.

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    Sohil Makwana

    Bonnie your nurses week free drink! :-P

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    Aimee Blaess Guyett

    I always wanted to use a urinal for my drink lol.

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    Jane Lopes

    BAHAHHAH

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    Faiza Zafar

    The commentary is great.

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    Faiza Zafar

    The commentary is great.

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    Candace M. Worrick

    Urine would most likely not be in this kind of container.

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    Tomas Haydon

    Gunilla Haydon

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    Erin Hannah Stone

    Oh dear….it could be either. Do a sniff test!

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    Tiffany Hintz Knutson

    The sun tea system never fails

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    Jo Atwal

    I have never seen tea in this kind of cup !!

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    Timothy Tucker

    It’s not mine, must be urine.

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    Courtney Courtney

    Just dip it. Tea doesn’t have leukocytes.

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    Holly Joy

    When in doubt, Always assume it’s a bodily fluid…

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    Ron Harper

    Give it the taste test.

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    Cindy Little

    Dang open container. That’s really the issue.

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    Nadine Richards Blair

    Rhabdo….we would never keep a drink at the nurses station!!! Dehydration all the way!!!

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    Brianna Kolcun Edinger

    Apparently, we do this way too often.

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    Michelle Hayes

    Thanks, Alyssa Treat….I would say urine. We get some specimens that look like tea but most look like apple juice.

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    Cassie Cobb

    Jenny Codding Tina Wilson Hughes

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    Alyssa Treat

    Michelle Hayes

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    Christie Shanafelt

    That why just keep drinks in their original containers. Lol.

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    Michael Kennedy

    Especially tough if the urine is from a diabetic.

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    Stan Dlugozima

    I’m betting someone fails the drug test with that sample

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    Stephanie Morton

    Jocelyn Okoro

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    Nap Arthus

    Urine trouble!

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    Michael Rohs

    Is it a pediatric floor ?

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    Shannon Colleen Dunigan

    Of course! ! Lol!

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    Leslie Bateman

    Haha! Remember the bedpan Shannon Colleen Dunigan??? That was some funny shit!!

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    Shannon Colleen Dunigan

    I made tea in one many a time!

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    Andre Sookdar

    dipstick

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    Ryan O’Hara

    <<<<<<<that guy who's gonna smell it.

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    Charles Oehrlein

    Phillip Workman Lauri Traver

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    Carolyn Barr

    Smell it–

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    Shelly Fishco

    Shea Duncan Beam

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    Leslie Bateman

    When I first started nursing a lot of my co-workers would drink tea/water out of a clean measuring triangle. I could never get over the thought of what that was used for to drink out of one! Lol

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    Kathleen Grint

    They’re going to be in a lot of trouble if it’s tea.

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    Diane Jackson

    Love the urologist name “Richard Kutt”

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    Eileen Left

    Has this hospital pen been checked to see if it works? Or is just designed to blow up in a pocket.

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    Beth S Brock

    Exactly. We hide our drinks in the drawer. ;-}

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    Guerrero Laura

    Someone’s got rhabdo!

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    Johnny Utah III

    It has to be urine. We don’t keep drinks at the station. JCAHO says so.

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    Jaff Gravitron Jones Emperorbrownsuga

    Gives it a taste!

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    Daryl White

    Careful when it’s red

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