Recently we had a patient who was not expected to live more than a few days, and she was actually dying from cirrhosis of the liver, brought on from years of alcohol abuse. Her visitors actually brought alcohol to the room and were drinking, acting out loudly and causing a huge commotion during visiting hours while other families were also having visitors. So, what would you do?
Aug 21, '13
I was tempted at first, to go the "call security" route. That would have gotten them out of my hair.
However that could lead then, to a "driving under the influence" citation (best case scenario); or worst case, there's an accident and someone also dies.....
Hospitals need to have a crisis intervention plan for this, and a set procedure for best outcome. The dying patient's needs aren't for decorum in the room, or to have a hushed, reverential gathering of their clan. There is a need for consideration of others. ETOH is an illness, and other illnesses have a procedure called, "stay home if you're acutely ill".
Since most people deny being very ill, a family member (who isn't "under the influence") needs to call a family friend to arrange to drive "partiers" home, separately for safety's sake. Tell them that the choice is a police escort to jail, or a friend who will take the drunks home. Use security for backup, if needed.
Last edit by lamazeteacher on Aug 21, '13
: Reason: Clarity