Call bells drive nurses nuts and most of us would like to meet the inventor of the call bell in a dark alley and take care of some long overdo business.
There's nothing that makes a nurse happier than rushing into a room (for the 20th time) only to be asked to fluff a couple of pillows, when we just dealt with a code down the hall.
So we asked some of our readers to tell us some of the wackiest, weirdest reasons patient's hit their call lights. Here's what they said:
"Well I recently had a patient that had hit his call bell about 5 times. Every time I went into his room and asked him what he needed, he would just say he must have hit it on accident. The 6th time he hit it, I went into the room and caught him red handed hitting it again and pointing it to the TV. Apparently, he thought the big red button with the cross on it, was the channel changer...Wow!" - Melanie Wright
"I had a patient that told me she hit it because she wanted to make sure I would really come, if she needed me"-Christine Sanders
"I had a patient actually hit her call bell and when I went in to the room she said she wanted to let me know that her call light wasn't working" -Carla Madison.
"I had a patient hit the call bell and when I went in the room he was turned on his side with the blankets off and his butt exposed and out of his gown. He asked me to rub on his butt. I asked if it was hurting and he said "No, I just like it." I don't think so, I told him".-Kelsey Priest
"I had one patient that just kept ringing the call bell and every time I would go in there she would be fast asleep again...Ugh!" -Brittany Stephens,
"One of my patients (Who had rang her call bell about 20 times that shift), rang it and when I asked what she needed she said she wanted to ask me if she was ringing the call bell too much!- Umm, YES!!!!" -Diane Courts
"I think the all time classic is when they put the call light on so you can come tell them where the call light is...OMG" -Theresa Satcher
"I had a patient who hit her call bell and asked me to changed the channel. The woman was totally with it, so I showed her how to changed the channel. 10 minutes later, she hit the call bell again when I went in she asked my how to change the channel!!!" -Brooke Miller
"I had one patient hit the call light and I was swamped, but I ran in there and she said "Hang up my robe". Well, alrighty then!"
"One of my patients family members hit the call light and when I went in they told me that they had unplugged the patient's IV so he could go to the restroom, but now that he was back in bed, they were unsure of what to do. Plug the darn thing back in...Really?" - Carrie Falkner
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