Just a quick question regarding consults, I'm just starting out as a new RN and I get so confused when a doctor calls me and simply states that he was "consulted"...what exactly am I supposed to say? Just give them a basic report on the patient? They always get mad at me because I either wasn't aware of the consult or don't know what info they need. I know it's kind of a dumb question but I figure this community would be happy to answer Thanks!
Nov 20, '12
Where I work the consulting doctors, or occasionally their residents will come and see the patient in person. I'm unsure what they would want to know that could be determined over the phone unless it's to arrange something specifically prior to their visit or check on other tests that the patient might be off the unit for and therefore be unavailable. A neurologist might want to know about any current treatments that could affect his tests and give me a time to stop sedation prior to a neurological assessment. You could always try a general "Hello Doctor (fill in the name here), how can I help you" or "what would you like to know?"
Last edit by Silverlight2010 on Nov 20, '12
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