witness statement?

  1. Hi all, I'am a new nurse and have been reading the threads for some time now - you guys are great! maybe you can help answer this Q? I'll try and make this short.
    Went in to work Saturday 7a-3p. Night nurse reported Pt. called 911 around 3 a.m. wanting to go to hospital because of diarreha/vomiting for the past 3 days (It is not documented). Night nurse stated Pt. refused prn Imodium, and also stated she was not going to call the Dr. at 3 a.m. because of diarreha, and has been taking the Imodium and doing fine. Around 9 a.m. Pt. c/o diarreha and vomiting and wants to go to hosp. Pt. takes one prn Imodium and one prn Phenergan IM. 20min. later Pt. still insists on going to the hosp. Full set of vitals taken, elevated BP and pulse. Put in a call to Dr. and had to leave a message. Then I called the on call DON - had to leave a message. 30min. Later the Dr. called back and ordered to send her to the hospital. I notified the Pt. next of kin and arranged for the transfer. By that time the DON calls back and I give report to them as well. I documented in the nurses note what happend. Today the nurse manager calls and asks me several questions as to what happened that day, and If I can sign a witness statement? Why is there a witness statement involved? well, without thinking I said yes. Why would there be a witness statment involved? Thanks in advance for your feed back!!:spin:
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   TazziRN
    Perhaps because the pt is sicker than anyone realized and there's a stink about why it took so long to get the pt to the hospital? You didn't make it clear but I'm assuming you work LTC?
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from TazziRN
    Perhaps because the pt is sicker than anyone realized and there's a stink about why it took so long to get the pt to the hospital? You didn't make it clear but I'm assuming you work LTC?
    I'm a little unclear too . . . . if our LTC patients need transferring in the middle of the night, we wake up the ER doc. That is his job. He makes the decision on whether to transfer to the ER or to give orders for the LTC nurse to carry out. Our LTC is part of our "campus".

    steph
  5. by   TazziRN
    Quote from stevielynn
    I'm a little unclear too . . . . if our LTC patients need transferring in the middle of the night, we wake up the ER doc. That is his job. He makes the decision on whether to transfer to the ER or to give orders for the LTC nurse to carry out. Our LTC is part of our "campus".

    steph

    We have an LTC too, but the PMD is still notified first unless it's an emergent situation. Our ER docs to not have any privileges outside the ER except to respond to codes or precipitous deliveries.
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from TazziRN
    We have an LTC too, but the PMD is still notified first unless it's an emergent situation. Our ER docs to not have any privileges outside the ER except to respond to codes or precipitous deliveries.
    We just had a "situation" regarding this . . . . funny. Anyway, we call the PMD during the day but after 6 p.m. we use the ER doc, who does have privileges or whatever you call it.

    Had a patient in our LTC facility vomit 300 ml frank blood - I called the ER doc (I was the ER nurse and nursing sup - a combined role in my hospital) and he ordered the patient to be transferred to our ER so I sent out our ambulance.

    All the docs are on the same page with this - do not call a PMD in the night.

    Actually I left out a part of the protocol. . . . the LTC nurse calls the nursing sup who calls the ER doc.

    steph
  7. by   TazziRN
    Oh......wow, it's way different here. Our LTC is in the building, so there's no ambulance ride, just roll the resident down to the ER. And our docs are available 24 hours unless they're out of town.
  8. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from TazziRN
    Oh......wow, it's way different here. Our LTC is in the building, so there's no ambulance ride, just roll the resident down to the ER. And our docs are available 24 hours unless they're out of town.
    We actually have two LTC's . . .one is attached and through the double doors about 5 feet from our nurses' station. The other is 17 miles away in another town. The bleeding pt was in the other town.

    Our docs have an understanding about after hours calls.

    steph
  9. by   TrudyRN
    It sounds like you did the right thing. Perhaps the night nurse did not. I can't really say without reading the chart.

    How is the patient now?

    I guess you could just ask your DON what's going on.

    I hope both you and the NN did good assessments (VS, BS, abd exam, other basics, such as mental status, gross neuro status, response to abd being palpated, urine output and color, lung status) and that these were charted.
  10. by   burn out
    I think the real issue is why the patient assuming he was competent was not taken to the hospital when he asked to go? Calling the PMD was just a procedure to follow and any of them would have said to have the patient taken to the ER especially if it was 3 am. It sounds to me like this patient was made to suffer longer than was necessary and if he had n/v for 3 days could have been critically ill.
  11. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from burn out
    I think the real issue is why the patient assuming he was competent was not taken to the hospital when he asked to go? Calling the PMD was just a procedure to follow and any of them would have said to have the patient taken to the ER especially if it was 3 am. It sounds to me like this patient was made to suffer longer than was necessary and if he had n/v for 3 days could have been critically ill.
    Yep, the truth is a resident of a LTC facility is not a prisoner and has rights. The right to call 911 is certainly one - family can also avail themselves of this if they wish.

    I too wonder about n/v/d for 3 days - could very well have been critically ill.

    How is he?

    steph
  12. by   heartofgold
    Thanks for all the feed back. Sorry I left out a couple of things in the begining. Yes, I do work in LTC. Yes, this Pt. is totally with it x3. And definetly has every right to call 911. Apparently "I" was the only nurse to assess this Pt.'s complaint and document on it. None of the other nurses had done anything to correct the sittuation, only document on the back of the MAR that prn Imodium was given. Yesterday the DON told me that the Pt. is okay, and nothing was found. She also told me that the family is upset because it took so long for something to get done about it, and the nurses that were caring for this Pt. has been written up for it. I know I am a new nurse, and don't really know the ropes -yet. but I am just discused with the way these nurses handled the situation, something should have been done MUCH sooner.

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