Having read through some of the threads regarding Drug seekers in the Emergency Department I must admit I now feel quite nervous of being misperceived in this way. I take medication which causes some urinary retention and increases my risk of Kidney stones. Hopefully this will never happen, but if it does and I need to present to the ED, what advice (on behaviour and what to say for example) can people here give me so I don't get wronly perceived as a Drug seeker. Taking into consideration I am a former Heroin addict, sensitive to NSAIDS and can't take Ibuprofen or Aspirin type medications due to asthma.
Aug 29, '06
by rehab nurse
Quote from Jennifer, RN
How can you take class II meds daily, worry about going into withdrawl if you don't get your daily meds and still work as a nurse?
if you're referring to me, i don't work anymore. i'm on medical leave until my disability benefits go into effect. i sometimes work as a consultant from home, but i cannot do direct patient care because of physical limitations.
and i don't "worry" about withdrawal because i take my meds as directed. however, if one is in the hospital or er for treatment and KEPT without their meds, one who is physically tolerant of the medications will go through withdrawal. basic pain management.
Last edit by rehab nurse on Aug 29, '06