WASHINGTON, DC – The product insert in the foley kits at George Washington hospital claim that the bags will hold up to five liters of urine. Ccu rn joe samuels decided to put this limit to the test the other day just to be sure.
Jeana stover, a seasoned critical care nurse, was assigned to an elderly patient with diabetes insipidus on the 11th of July for night shift. The twelve hour shift was uneventful and at the end of the shift, stover wrapped up, but unfortunately forgot to empty the urine bag.
Samuels came on shift the next morning. He took over stover’s assignment, but early in the day, he got busy with an admission. It was not until about 4 pm that afternoon that he noticed his elderly patient’s foley bag was about the size of a basketball. He then delegated the task of emptying it to the PCA Kathy Hamner.
Hamner approached the bag tentatively, but ultimately opted to declare that she “wasn’t comfortable” emptying the bag because “it might burst” on her. Samuels decided to attempt to delegate this task to other employees. Ultimately he was unsuccessful in finding someone that wouldn’t mind and explosion of urine.
EMS was called to the scene and they ultimately opted to use a bomb diffusing robot to empty it. The robot emptied it, and it drained and drained and drained. Twenty minutes and ten graduated containers later a total of 7.5 liters had been emptied from the foley bag without incident.
In a statement to the press, nurse samuels reported that his test was successful and that the foley bag’s capacity was indeed consistent with product insert claims
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