Do you ever correct people about medical stuff? - page 3

I'm not talking about patient education, I'm just talking about general conversation. I hear people get things wrong medically all the time, but I rarely correct people. For example, a relative... Read More

  1. Visit  limaRN} profile page
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    Quote from madwife2002
    No I never give advice, if asked and it is something simple I will educate. I do my very best to stay away from it, what I found in the beginning of my nursing life was that people ask you for advice then never take it so what is the point

    HOWEVER it drives me crazy when I watch TV and see all the mistakes made in a show or a film.
    I have been known to shout at the TV on occasions
    Speaking of tv shows I recently saw one where a family member came in and disconnected the ET tube from the ventilator tubing in an attempt to kill the pt. the pt was still intubated but immediately "flat lined" and died. I started laughing hysterically and the person I was watching it with did not think that was funny at all.
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  3. Visit  sapphire18} profile page
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    Quote from limaRN

    Speaking of tv shows I recently saw one where a family member came in and disconnected the ET tube from the ventilator tubing in an attempt to kill the pt. the pt was still intubated but immediately "flat lined" and died. I started laughing hysterically and the person I was watching it with did not think that was funny at all.
    Hahahaha I just LOL'ed! How many times do the tubes become accidentally disconnected in real life...we'd have a lot more deaths if that was how it happened!

    I don't usually correct people except family, and they're usually asking me what something means anyway.
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  4. Visit  sapphire18} profile page
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    Except for the time I found out a coworker was taking 5-5.5g of Tylenol a day (non-nurse). :/
  5. Visit  eatmysoxRN} profile page
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    I try not to. My mom mispronounces H. Pylori and it erks me to no end. She says h. Pyluuuuraaa. If that made sense.

    My mom is also a hypochondriac and I demanded she stopped watching Dr. Oz.

    ~ No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent -Eleanor Roosevelt ~
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  6. Visit  sunbaby0811} profile page
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    Quote from eatmysoxRN
    My mom is also a hypochondriac and I demanded she stopped watching Dr. Oz.
    ~
    Lol are you my sister?! My sis is an ICU nurse and I am hoping to go to Ns this year. Our mom. Oy. Lay off the Dr. Oz for real!! And she is also a chronic overuser of abx which drives me nuts!!! My sister must have a hole in her tongue from biting it so much. Lol ( I just don't know as much yet but I'm sure will get to that point too!!)
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  7. Visit  klone} profile page
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    Quote from sapphire18
    Except for the time I found out a coworker was taking 5-5.5g of Tylenol a day (non-nurse). :/
    Holy hell.
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  8. Visit  blondy2061h} profile page
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    I had someone tell me the other day that he had such a bad "allergic reaction" to pain killers that he needed a shot of narcan. I'm just like, "Oh, glad you're okay."
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  9. Visit  That Guy} profile page
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    No. I dont want to come across as a know it all.

    Unless it is something that can kill them....
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  10. Visit  lindseylpn} profile page
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    I have a family member that says her kids are allergic to just about everything, Benadryl, cold meds, Tylenol etc, etc because, they make them sleepy or hyper or upsets their stomachs. I've told her that side effects doesn't mean they are allergic but, she doesn't seen to comprehend. I've had several family members say crazy off the wall medical stuff and have even argued with me so, I just don't say anything anymore. One of my favorites was when someone asked me how to stop throwing up dial, and got mad and acted like I was stupid when I didn't understand. I asked "like dial soap?" and she was offended and snapped "no, from my gallbladder" lol. Oh, and the things people put on Facebook, one girl kept putting that she had to get her gold babbler taken out....
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  11. Visit  teeniebert} profile page
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    Quote from sapphire18
    Except for the time I found out a coworker was taking 5-5.5g of Tylenol a day (non-nurse). :/
  12. Visit  nursel56} profile page
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    I've only done it a couple of times, when friends say a word comically wrong and I want to save them from future embarrassment. Once, a good friend was telling me all about how they "debris" burns and how painful it is, etc (he knows I'm a nurse). I said, no they debride the wound. Did he thank me? No, he shook his head "no" and said, "it's debris". Hm. The nerve! I told him the correct word once more and dropped it. I understand why he thought that but you don't argue with the nurse about nursey words!

    Another time somebody called a gurney a "guernsey". Didn't say a word.
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  13. Visit  klone} profile page
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    I recently started watching "Prison Break" and in one episode, the prison physician explained how she was debriding a burn, but she pronounced it "de-bride" like "bride and groom"
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  14. Visit  enschraemli} profile page
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    Quote from Nascar nurse
    Have been trying to tell my Mother for years that going out without a coat on is only going to give me hypothermia, not pneumonia. I've also tried to tell her that not every head cold requires an antibiotic and that OTC cold meds only provide symptom relief..they don't "cure" a cold (so no Mom, I don't need to take it a few extra days just to make sure the cold is gone!).

    I love her to death...but some issues are just banging my head into a brick wall. I figure if I can't get my own Mother to understand it's probably best to just keep my mouth shut with the rest of the world.
    My mother is the exact same way! Last time I had a stuffy nose, she kept telling me to go to the doctor because I might have "walking pneumonia", when I really just needed a Sudafed, ginger/lemon tea, and water. I tell my brother to come to me from now on about cold symptoms since my mom, while she has good intentions, tends to overreact to everything =P


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