Patients who "cheat" and drive home - page 7

by Lilme04 | 15,781 Views | 62 Comments

I work at an endoscopy center (and a freestanding surgery center). A few times, we've had patients lie to us about how they are getting home, and they've ended up returning to their cars, and driving home. Of course we find this... Read More


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    Quote from medresearch2011
    Lots of things were problematic during my last colonoscopy (unauthorized students, srna etc) who were not supposed to participate etc; but everything was straightened out when I went across town to a different for-profit hospital with my endo doc travelling to do my case with an anesthesiologist not a student or a nurse. We specified propofol only and that's what was used; the exam was completer with moderate sedation and 30 minutes later, I was dressed and my endo doc and I left the facility. I made it clear that I was driving myself back to the university hospital; the endo doc could not drive my stick shift car. The endo center had a hissy-fit about my driving until we got the anesthesia doc to explain why I couldn't drive home safely 30 minutes after propofol..and we don't care about policies, only safety. the anesthesia doc told me that driving 1 hr after propofol (about 300mg) was totally safe as I had insisted. my endo doc said that most of the docs got their colonoscopies with no meds or propofol only and returned t work in the endo suite or operating room within 1 hour of their colonoscopy. Why the BS thta patients are given about not driving themselves home? if they go only propofol, driving 1 hr afterwards is fine
    Both of your posts recount this recent experience you had with your colonoscopy, which appears to have been *exceptional*.

    Your endo doc and his group personally undergo colonoscopy and then return to work 1 hour later? Fabulous! What a hard-core, dedicated group they must be ... no bowel prep aftermath or sedation gets in the way of finishing a day's work!

    Thanks for the chuckle ... I really needed it today.
    Last edit by Altra on Sep 26, '12 : Reason: typo
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    Quote from medresearch2011
    Lots of things were problematic during my last colonoscopy (unauthorized students, srna etc) who were not supposed to participate etc; but everything was straightened out when I went across town to a different for-profit hospital with my endo doc travelling to do my case with an anesthesiologist not a student or a nurse. We specified propofol only and that's what was used; the exam was completer with moderate sedation and 30 minutes later, I was dressed and my endo doc and I left the facility. I made it clear that I was driving myself back to the university hospital; the endo doc could not drive my stick shift car. The endo center had a hissy-fit about my driving until we got the anesthesia doc to explain why I couldn't drive home safely 30 minutes after propofol..and we don't care about policies, only safety. the anesthesia doc told me that driving 1 hr after propofol (about 300mg) was totally safe as I had insisted. my endo doc said that most of the docs got their colonoscopies with no meds or propofol only and returned t work in the endo suite or operating room within 1 hour of their colonoscopy. Why the BS thta patients are given about not driving themselves home? if they go only propofol, driving 1 hr afterwards is fine
    This entire scenario sounds bizarre. Your endo doc WOULD have driven your car home for you if he/she could drive a stick?

    30 minutes after Propofol sedation isn't safe but a blanket 60 is? Nothing in this description is "fine" or "totally safe".

    Weird, actually.
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    Let me get this straight. You were on the schedule at a particular facility for a colonoscopy. Upon arrival, you and your "Doc" decided to pack up and drive across town to another facility where you were not on the schedule? Does that mean you drove your "Doc" back to the first facility? Help me out. This is a little outside my range of practice--unless I were getting it on with the "Doc." ?????


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