When patients lie about rides..... - page 5

I had a pt this morning, rib pain after a play wrestling match a few days ago. He drove himself to the ER and rated his pain at 11/10. I got an order for Vicodin #2, and before I let him have it I... Read More

  1. by   twotrees2
    Quote from LoriAlabamaRN
    um... I actually did this once.

    Before everyone gets mad at me, let me explain. I was working at the hospital as a CNA while in nursing school, and injured my back near the end of my shift when a large patient passed out while I was walking him to the bathroom. I couldn't straighten up, so as per policy I went down to the ER. I would not accept anything stronger than a shot of Toradol, since I know from experience that Toradol works much better for my pain than morphine or demerol, and since it is an NSAID it doesn't make me loopy. After the shot had taken effect and I was discharged, the nurse told me that I was not allowed to drive myself home. I had NOONE else to get me, and all I had been given was one shot of Toradol. So I told her that my husband was already in the waiting room, and I left and drove home. If I had taken ANY narcotic, I never would have done that. However, I was single and had lived in the area for about five months so I literally had noone to call. I had been given IM Toradol on numerous other occasions so I knew that it would have no effect on me as far as impairment.

    Don't hate me!!!
    i think we all do things we shouldnt sometime in our lives especially when we were younger and "knew it all" lol - i did once to drive and it was on a hypo of demerol i believe it wsa - wayyyy back when i had driven myself in and been accused of drugabuse ( which turned into nearly dying due to ruptured gangrenous cyst - story ive told in another thread ) .......... i had made calls and did have a ride coming but it was gonna take over an hour - being a smoker and going nuts they did not believe me about my pain i didnt want to look at them so i signed out telling them i had a ride coming - i was so distraught i decided id wait outside - well while waiting - being higher than a kite of course - my anger at the situation and the way i was treated made me angry so -i decided to drive - not good and i wouldnt do it again.........i thank god nothing bad happened even though i only had a few blocks to go. my ride was NOT happy with me of course and being my parent he sure reamed me but good - after i was finally coherent from my emeregncy removal of the cyst.................................... hahaha id never do it again just for the fact my dad reamed me but good if i wasnt now a nurse and figured out what could have happened. lol. dads scary hahha. ( kidding hes the best but boy when he talks i listen even now hehehe)
  2. by   twotrees2
    Quote from babynurselsa
    Our local police force would get a big laugh if I called them to give someone a ride home.
    the only time the cops gave oneof our residents a ride home was when he got lost getting out of the buildoing and thankfully ending up at the police station ( not some store or bridge) ( a dementia resident) - police got a giggle but glad iwasnt on shift at the time- how horrifying to think what could have happened.................... now we have alocked unit thank god. not the best lock but better than none.
  3. by   Justhere
    Quote from LoriAlabamaRN
    um... I actually did this once.

    Before everyone gets mad at me, let me explain. I was working at the hospital as a CNA while in nursing school, and injured my back near the end of my shift when a large patient passed out while I was walking him to the bathroom. I couldn't straighten up, so as per policy I went down to the ER. I would not accept anything stronger than a shot of Toradol, since I know from experience that Toradol works much better for my pain than morphine or demerol, and since it is an NSAID it doesn't make me loopy. After the shot had taken effect and I was discharged, the nurse told me that I was not allowed to drive myself home. I had NOONE else to get me, and all I had been given was one shot of Toradol. So I told her that my husband was already in the waiting room, and I left and drove home. If I had taken ANY narcotic, I never would have done that. However, I was single and had lived in the area for about five months so I literally had noone to call. I had been given IM Toradol on numerous other occasions so I knew that it would have no effect on me as far as impairment.

    Don't hate me!!!
    Was in the ER last month and they gave me Toradol and I specifically asked them do I need a ride home because I drove myself and they said
    "No" it is ok to drive after taking toradol.
  4. by   TazziRN
    I have had some pts tell me that Toradol has a sedating effect on them, but they are few and far between. Because it isn't a common effect, it's considered non-sedating. Those that tell me it hits them that way also tell me that advil and tylenol can do the same thing to them.
  5. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from TazziRN
    I have had some pts tell me that Toradol has a sedating effect on them, but they are few and far between. Because it isn't a common effect, it's considered non-sedating. Those that tell me it hits them that way also tell me that advil and tylenol can do the same thing to them.
    Maybe it just seems sedating because once the pain is gone, the patient can finally rest a little easier. Especially if they've been in pain for days with little to no sleep.

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