Eat Before You Get Here! - page 8

WHY is it that as soon as people step one foot into the ER, they suddenly are overcome with hunger and thirst? Now I can understand if the patient is admitted and has been there all day and has eaten... Read More

  1. by   CHATSDALE
    Adriym I Hope That Yhour Dtr Is Feeling Better Now The Porblem Is That The Nurse At First Facility Could Do Nothing Till Seen By Md
    D/t Shorage In Staff Most Pedi Admit Facility Require That A Parent Be With Child At All Times....most Floors Send Up A Tray For Caregiver With Child....it Is Possible That They Were Remiss In Not Ordering You A Tray After Child Is Admitted....they Deal With Situation In Which A Single Parent Or A Case In Which One Parent Is With The Pt And Other Parent At Work Or With Other Children And They Should Have Been Prepared....perhaps You Should Call Hospital And Tell Them You Might Be Doing A Favor To Someone Else Down The Line
  2. by   canoehead
    If your child was flapping her arms and trying to pull out her IV perhaps you as a parent should have distracted her with a toy or a book.

    Nurses won't interfere with parenting your child but they will be happy to get you what you need to do it yourself, like a tray, or a coloring book. Bringing in a couple of quiet playthings from home is always a good idea, because you know you'll have to wait at any hospital ER.
  3. by   Betty_SPN_KS
    When my son Steve was hit by a car 5 years ago at the age of 5, I don't remember asking the hospital for anything for myself, even though I was breastfeeding Steve's baby brother. I might have, though, if my husband had not been able to bring me something. I didn't plan to have to ride an ambulance with my boys and spend a whole day in a hospital 20 miles from home.
    Last edit by Betty_SPN_KS on Jun 11, '04
  4. by   kids
    I had major surgery on 4/19.
    I did well advancing to a regular diet until post-op day 3 when I developed N/V.
    I was on ice chips & Zofran when my (regular diet) lunch tray was delivered. My son was there and I told him he could have what he wanted off of it, the person delivering trays overheard me, came back in and took the tray and said he couldn't have MY tray (that I couldn't eat) unless he PAID ($6.00) for a guest tray. My son didn't need to be fed but crud, what mom is going to let cookies & milk go to waste when she can feed it to her kid.

    I know the hospital doesn't want visitors eating the patients food as it interfers with I&O but come on, I wasn't able to eat, nursing knew it and it was a simple case of the order to hold the tray not making it to dietary before the tray came up.

    No point, just griping.

    BTW, it was the worst hospital food I have ever encountered (yes, it was a unrestricted diet). I "survived" on the fresh fruit, cookies, icecream cups & 2% milk they sent on the trays. The sad thing was this hospital doesn't have a cafeteria, it has TWO fancy (and spendy) "Bistros" and a "Cafe" on the main floor.
    Last edit by kids on Jun 11, '04
  5. by   canoehead
    That's pretty stingy, I'd say.

    Sometimes it's better to keep quiet until the tray police leave the room.
  6. by   teeituptom
    Last night I passed out more sandwiches and juices and geaham crackers more than I gave meds or treatments

    I was even asked is the only mustard you have for the sandwiches, dont you have any Grey Poupon???????

    We have those generic Shasta sodas,,, pt complains that he can only have Dr Pepper,,,,, do I care???????
  7. by   Betty_SPN_KS
    Quote from teeituptom
    Last night I passed out more sandwiches and juices and geaham crackers more than I gave meds or treatments

    I was even asked is the only mustard you have for the sandwiches, dont you have any Grey Poupon???????

    We have those generic Shasta sodas,,, pt complains that he can only have Dr Pepper,,,,, do I care???????

    LOL. I'd be tempted to say, "This is a hospital, not a restaurant."
  8. by   lifeisbeautiful
    I work in a very large hosspital in Los Angeles and we get a lot of very demanding patients. I had one man ask me if we served fresh squeezed carrot juice, 2 hours post-op? :uhoh21: Excuse me? This is a hospital..not Jamba juice!
  9. by   RNin92
    Had a guy yesterday...
    31 y/o with cc of "shakes/chills/fever/disorientation-sudden onset

    His story...
    After I was up awhile this morning I got shakey and chills...then disoriented
    So I left the house to "walk it off" (???????)
    My neighbor took me in and called rescue
    "Can I have something to eat...I'm starving?"

    Ya know, he had me up until the food request.

    The truth...
    He was at the "neighbor's" up all noc shooting up his drugs
    The last time (just prior to the call) was all the stuff that was left
    "Neighbor" got scared at his "reaction" and called 911
    By the time rescue arrived he was walking and talking, crazily, but talking...
    And most importantly breathing again!

    I tell my doc...I'll draw blood but no heplock...looks like he missed the last time he tried...I'm not helping him out!!

    Of course he's Hep C...and whatever else...jaundiced as hell
    White count over 20,000
    Tender abdomen (now where's that liver again?!!?) :chuckle
    He is swearing and screaming at everyone who passes his door
    Of course, still screaming for food...
    Nice try

    Finally leaves AMA (wow, what a shock)
    Signs the form and says...

    C'mon, guess...




    NOW can I have a tray?
    Right...I don't think so
    Hell, I don't even have to be nice to you now

    Have a nice day!
  10. by   teeituptom
    Welcome to the wonderfull world of ER nursing

    gotta love it
  11. by   RNin92
    yea...ER nursing does make you appreciate the rest of your life!!!
  12. by   stevierae
    What am I missing here? Why does ANYONE have to be FED in an emergency room? If one is sick enough to BE in an emergency room, he or she just might need surgery--therefore, they need to be NPO! When did this trend start of having to bring trays on demand or pass our sandwiches, cookies, sodas, etc? What an incredible waste of money!

    Is this food added to the patient's bill, or is is all just freebies? Part of hospital P.R.?

    Of course, I guess the whoile point of this thread is the people who are NOT sick but use the ER as a convenience clinic, or as a place to get an easy meal. But is there a rule that says you must accomodate them?

    Man, I'm glad I work in the O.R. I'd quickly lose patience with that kind of nonsense.
  13. by   Destinystar
    i live in a community where people have very little money left over after they buy their cigarettes, alcohol, weed and meth to buy food with :chuckle
    Quote from terrarn
    why is it that as soon as people step one foot into the er, they suddenly are overcome with hunger and thirst? now i can understand if the patient is admitted and has been there all day and has eaten nothing. but i don't understand how when someone comes in at 10:30 at night they immediately ask for food and drink because they haven't eaten all day. they have had the entire day to eat.its not my fault that they didn't eat at home. i don't know how many signs are posted stating "no eating or drinking until evaluation is complete". then again we have i don't know how many restricted area signs and people ignore those too. the other day i needed to use a bedside table but there was a tray on it so i asked the young lady if she was finished. and she said(snottily)" that was lunch. i didn't even get dinner, yet." she was not an admitted pt. matter of fact she was discharged an hour later. does this happen everywhere? :uhoh21:

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