The other day the ED doc
was to do a closed reduction to an ankle fx with conscience sedation. I asked if we could do a time out because I
thought that was a standard of care across the board. The ED doc did the time out then called it pointless
right in front of the patient and his wife. I know that it was plain as day the mans ankle was messed up but was I wrong for asking for a time out before giving the man medication
? My thought process was #1 it is a patient safety issues and he is not going to die if we take 30 seconds to verify. #2 you never know who the patient is or his family and I don't want to get caught up doing wrong especially when it is easy and safe to do right.
I felt really stupid
after the doc made that comment and I know it was not directed toward me (at least I hope). I don't want to have to defend myself or have to "check" a doctor because his smart mouth.