Patient Autonomy - page 2

by TGood 1,693 Views | 12 Comments

A patient has a known overdose history for pain medication. She has since been put into a long term care program and receives pain managment both on a routine and prn basis. Her husband requested to give her the least amount of... Read More


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    Quote from rn/writer
    It's amazing how many patients and family members don't understand a lot of the basic concepts involving meds. They need to be taught about the differences between short- and long-acting meds, dependency vs. addiction, preventing pain vs. chasing it, etc. Loved ones are often opposed to narcotics for even severe, intractable pain because they haven't been properly educated (and they're not the ones feeling it!)
    I know this is a side note but this really drives me crazy especially when it's a parent who is upset that their infant/child is recieving narcotics, oh you know, 4 hours after a large surgery like open heart or abdominal surgery...ugh just irks me!
    GrnTea and xtxrn like this.
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    Quote from TGood
    I am not aware if he asked this to be kept confidential.I believe it was just implied. I just feel bad this nurse is being threatened by this nurse and accused of abuse. It doesnt sound like abuse to me but I am no lawyer.
    If he is not the POAH, or a resident- there is no privacy for him.

    If she's in pain- medicate. If he IS a pain, social services

    What a cluster.
    wooh, opossum, LobotRN, and 1 other like this.
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    If the husband is not the HPOA then not only does he not have a say in her medication, but if she has not given permission for him to be involved in her care then you are breaking her confidentiality by discussing it with him. Just a thought...
    noahsmama and loriangel14 like this.


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