Newbies - Keep an eye on your drunks!! - page 3

A little story for your weekend coffee... allow me to paint a picture for ya. ***** 0030 on a weekday night, in a usually busy (but not tonight) Level 1 ER. You're doing your thing, got 4 patients... Read More

  1. by   CraigBSN02
    Quote from S.T.A.C.E.Y
    Thats what I was thinking! I've never heard of doing a breath-alcohol test in hospital, only our cops do it. ETOH levels get drawn on all our suspected drunks.
    There's lots of alcohol-related complaints here. I've found that the hospitals here would rather let the person "sober up" and then release to custody of a friend. Besides, if the person is a chronic drinker, and their serum ethanol is 0.36, what is "sober"?? You let them get down to below 0.20 (which would take 12 hours minimum), you'll in all likelihood have a jittery, possibly seizing withdrawing drunk on your hands.

    Kind of a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation. The hospital opts for the 'don't' scenario. :-)

    -Craig
    RN, BSN, and others :-)
  2. by   Altra
    Quote from CraigBSN02
    There's lots of alcohol-related complaints here. I've found that the hospitals here would rather let the person "sober up" and then release to custody of a friend. Besides, if the person is a chronic drinker, and their serum ethanol is 0.36, what is "sober"?? You let them get down to below 0.20 (which would take 12 hours minimum), you'll in all likelihood have a jittery, possibly seizing withdrawing drunk on your hands.

    Kind of a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation. The hospital opts for the 'don't' scenario. :-)

    -Craig
    RN, BSN, and others :-)
    Same here where I work. We utilize both breathalyzer & blood draw depending on the patient scenario.
  3. by   caliotter3
    Well written story with good pointers for anyone who hasn't had to deal with drunks yet. Good job. Yes, you should submit your initial post to the writing contest. It is very good and you might win the prize!
  4. by   labcat01
    Thanks that was a very entertaining read! PM me if you have a blog or something
  5. by   BriBriRN
    Dude....too funny! I love the Doc-lings....hehehehe

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