Quote from RNperdiem
At my facility, I would give the consulting doctor the name and number of the doctor in charge of the ICU so they can talk to each other. Then the consulting doctors come see the patient to do an assessment.
Really, though, sometimes the consulting physician just wants a bit of front-line info on the patient before coming in.
Likely they've been left a message, on their phone or from their clerk, and maybe they can't get in right away so they want a bit of a heads up on the patient. A good way of doing this is to actually speak to the nurses looking after the patient.
It shouldn't violate the patient's privacy (since they have been asked to see the patient) nor should nurses be refusing to give them info, either. If the most responsible physician calls for an update, are you going to say "I'm not telling you because I think you should come see for yourself."
No, we are all part of the same team caring for the patient. Ask the doctors why they were consulted and what they would like to know.