East Hope Memorial Hospital is investigating a case where an ICU patient was sent to the morgue when a nurse neglected to write the "plan for today" on the patient's white board.
According to hospital staff, the cleaning crew
“All I saw was a blank whiteboard,” sobbed Mr. Tony Silvers, the custodian. “I thought it was my job to wheel her down to the morgue. I thought she was dead.”
“Our staff knows better than this,” hospital administrator Lance Oppenheimerton stated. “Plans for Today on whiteboards are vital to our patient’s recovery and this nurse neglected to write down any plan! A blank whiteboard is unacceptable in this hospital.”
When the patient awoke from her nap and found herself in the morgue, she panicked and so did the morgue workers. One of the workers called a code blue.
Medicine resident, Richard Brutus stated, “That was a first for me. I’ve never been called to the morgue for a code before. I just ran through my H’s and T’s and it was my astute medical student that mentioned the whiteboard plan had been blank in her room earlier. I immediately knew the problem.”
The patient was given some warm blankets and taken back up to her ICU room. It now states on the white board in her room "Do not take to the morgue."