My pt calls me into the room and requests a nebulizer treatment. I call Respiratory Therapy and the guy screams at me at the top of his lungs saying he will come when he can. My pt is getting really anxious. Pt complained saying that the Respiratory therapist walked in and out of the room without giving him his treatment. The Respiratory Therapist documented it as pt refused twice at 2200 & 0400. I called respiratory 4 times and no answer. I gave the nebulizer treatment myself and documented...
Pt requested nebulizer treatment. Respiratory therapist ____ ____ notified. Pt complained "I never received my treatment, respiratory therapist fixed my bipap machine and walked out". See MAR. Nebulizer tx was administered by me, RN. Pt vital signs stable, pt currently sitting in bed with wife at beside. Continue to monitor.
Should I have documented as I did? I was told by seasoned nurses to cover myself since the pt will be complaining to administration and I did administer the tx. Was there a better way to handle this?