Thursday, February 01, 2007

Things That Drive Me Bonkers, II

Fun exercise: Rank the following items in terms of their dangerousness.

- Chapstick
- Carnation Instant Breakfast
- Popsicle
- Pickles
- Watercolor paints
- Cigarettes
- Lipton Green Tea with Citrus diluted 50/50 with water.
- Stuffed bunny
- Plain gold band wedding ring

Now guess which one of these items is considered so benign that it never requires a doctor’s order, and which seven items are considered so potentially hazardous that, within the past week, nurses could not or would not give them to a patient until I wrote an order.

3 Comments:

Blogger charlsiekate said...

Cigarettes are benign. All the other ones require an order, although I can't see how chapstick is dangerous.

But I work for two superior court judges and I see first hand every day the interworkings of the judicial branch of the government.

2/1/07, 10:23 AM  
Anonymous pukeko said...

It has to be cigarettes. It is safer for the nurse to give a patient a cigarette in a forensic unit than to have said patient get antsy and agitated (nicotine withdrawal). It is also better for the doctor if the patient has a nice steady nicotine level if one is titrating the antipsychotics.

The others are all not part of nursing duties so get delegated to the doctor.

2/12/07, 5:01 AM  
Blogger Turboglacier said...

Hmm. The alcohol dependent patients also get "antsy and agitated" from withdrawal. Should we similarly keep them at a nice steady alcohol level while they're in the hospital?

2/12/07, 9:17 AM  

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