Feeling your pain!!!
If I had the solution to this, believe me, I would tell everyone!!! My last several shifts in the ER have revolved around sick infants and/or toddlers who are brought to me by the most horrible family members. They treat me like I am some sadist off the street who just wandered in, donned a set of scrubs
, and commenced to plow around their baby with needles for my own amusement. I actually had one guy (fiancee to legal guardian of 2-week-old) ask me, "Is it really that much harder to get an IV on a baby her age than an adult?" I really thought he must be being facetious. He had veins 3/4" across, visible from the other side of the room. Meanwhile I am trying to get into a vein the width of a strand of embroidery thread on a moving target that THEY BROUGHT TO ME! I didn't go out hunting for this baby, drag her into the ER so I could practice poking at her. They brought her in, wringing their hands over fever not present at triage, then proceeded to change their stories every time the Dr told them what we needed to do. By the time I get my equipment ready, said guardians are now claiming that the child actually only ran a fever one time, and that was 2 weeks ago, so is it really necessary to draw blood, get urine, obtain CSF?? I am trying my best to help her, as they intended when they brought her, and I get yelled at, threatened, and insulted. I didn't design these babies' vascular structure, and I'd love to just pop an IV in without eliciting so much as a whimper from a baby. But above all I want to ask these folks why in the he**, if this long-ago fever was so minor, did they bring this baby to the ER in the first place?????? :angryfire
I truly love my job, but there are some people out there who have absolutely no concept of decency or understanding. I am by no means perfect or saintly, but I can say without hesitation that if I leave my home and transport myself or family member to a hospital, I would never be this ugly to the people from whom I am seeking help.
I don't think I will ever understand this.
Thanks for starting this thread. I think I feel better now.