25 Charting Errors Sure to Make You Giggle

25 Charting Errors Sure to Make You Giggle - BlogAll nurses are human, which means all nurses are bound to make mistakes in their career. While some mistakes have large consequences for the nurse and the patient, some mistakes are easily fixed and become a good story to tell down the road. Often mistakes that become good laughs are errors made while charting.

Here are a few charting errors that are sure to make you laugh harder than you have in days:

  1. “Acute pain related to witchcraft.”
  2. “She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night.”
  3. “While in ER, she was examined, X-rated and sent home.”
  4. “The patient has been depressed since she began seeing me in 1993.”
  5. “Occasional, constant, infrequent headaches.”
  6. “The skin was moist and dry.”
  7. “Rectal examination revealed a normal sized thyroid.”
  8. “Remnants of a soldier can be seen in the vagina.”
  9. “The patient’s feces has the same color as the doors on the 19th floor.”
  10. “Patient lives at home with his mother, father, and pet turtle, who is presently enrolled in day care three times a week.”
  11. “The patient was in his usual state of good health until his airplane ran out of gas and crashed.”
  12. “The baby was delivered, the cord clamped and cut, and handed to the pediatrician, who breathed and cried immediately.”
  13. “Patient refused an autopsy.”
  14. “Patient has left his white blood cells at another hospital.”
  15. “Pt. is mildly agitated, but good in bed.”
  16. “Patient eats death threats for breakfast.”
  17. “The patient has done well without oxygen for the past year.”
  18. “Pt. is increasingly aggressive, but can be put down with a cup of coffee.”
  19. “On the second day, the knee was better, and on the third day it disappeared.”
  20. “Pt has hx of PICKLE cell anemia.”
  21. “Large brown stool ambulating in the hall. ”
  22. “Exam of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized.”
  23. “Social history reveals this 1 year old patient does not smoke or drink and is presently unemployed.”
  24. “Patient’s foot was amputated above the knee.”
  25. “Following the exam of her breasts we discussed the impending nasal surgery.”

Now it’s your turn! What hilarious charting errors have you come across? Tell us in the comments below!


  1. http://nurseslabs.com/26-funniest-charting-errors-found-on-actual-patients-medical-charts/
  2. http://nurseslabs.com/37-funny-charting-bloopers-found-actual-medical-records/
  3. http://www.nursebuff.com/2014/02/hospital-chart-bloopers-for-nurses/