From “psychosis buster, RN:”
(For the longest time I kept reading it as “psychosis butter.”)
Way back in the eighties I was working on a 40 bed acute psychiatry ward in a fairly large Canadian city. One day, one of our repeat customers, a chronic paranoid schizophrenic patient, was admitted from Emergency. She hadn’t been looking after herself and she was covered in lice, as was her (expensive) fur coat.
Two of my co-workers figured they’d do her a favor and send the coat down to our laundry department for cleaning. Unfortunately, they thought it would be a really good idea to send it in a red “contaminated laundry” bag – this was before the advent of universal precautions. What they didn’t know was that the laundry department didn’t open those bags – they just tossed the whole kit and kaboodle in the washer, along with very hot water and strong soap.
The next day, a plastic bag arrived on the ward from the laundry department. It contained what looked like a hairy collar, with several strings dangling from it and some ratty fur, with a note asking “what was this?”
Well, it had been a fur coat valued at something like five thousand dollars. Fortunately, the hospital agreed to reimburse the patient. To this day, I don’t know which was funnier: the pathetic remains of that coat or the expressions on my colleagues’ faces when they saw it.