Are patients allowed here?

  1. Hello,

    I am not a nurse, but a 2 time hospital patient. I have tried searching doctor and medical student forums for some answers to ethical questions I have regarding my operation and hospital stay, but no luck. I want to be an informed patient, and now realize that because O.R. nurses are eye witnesses to operations, I might get some answers here. Are patient questions allowed? If so, in which forum?

    My warmest feelings for any hospital personnel have been the wonderful nurses who took care of me. Besides the medical care I received, there was also the emotional care. I thank you.
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   P_RN
    Hi Anxious welcome to allnurses. Unfortunately we cannot give any medical advice here. My suggestion would be to do a search in GOOGLE or another such program for the procedure you want to know about.

    You are welcome to read and enjoy here but no medical questions please.
  4. by   caroladybelle
    As previously noted, we can answer personal medical questions, for many reasons. We as nurses are not privy of all of the distinct details of what goes on with others - each pt, each procedure, each facility is a little different, thus handled differently.

    You probably need to go to the parties responsible, as they have the most complete info. regarding the case
  5. by   Anxious Patient
    Thank you for your reply.

    This is not a medical question. It actually regards the duties of the OR nurse that charts personnel activity in the operating room.
  6. by   charebec65
    Your best bet would be to check with the institution. All states have a delineated scope of practice for nurses and each facility would have their own job descriptions for various positions based on the scope of practice.
  7. by   Anxious Patient
    OK, I can appreciate you don't want patients cluttering up your forum with questions. But believe me, I tried googling for this answer but couldn't come up with anything definitive. This will be my last stab at trying to get an answer to what I think is a legitimate nursing question, then I'll be out of your hair.

    This is my question: Are invasive procedures (i.e. pelvic exams) on an anesthesized patient performed in the O.R. by medical student personnel solely for training or educational purposes noted in the patient's medical chart?

    If a new nurse, instead of a patient, were to ask for rules or guidelines regarding this subject, what would you reply?
  8. by   AnnieOaklyRN
    Again we cannot answer this. You should call the hospital where your surgery was perfromed and ask them to give you this information. It is not that we do not want patietns "cluttering" up our forum it has to do with the legalities of answering medical questions for patients that we are not assessing or seeing in person.

    Swtooth
  9. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from Anxious Patient
    OK, I can appreciate you don't want patients cluttering up your forum with questions. But believe me, I tried googling for this answer but couldn't come up with anything definitive. This will be my last stab at trying to get an answer to what I think is a legitimate nursing question, then I'll be out of your hair.

    If a new nurse, instead of a patient, were to ask for rules or guidelines regarding this subject, what would you reply?
    New nurse or patient, the answer would be the same.

    You need to ask the facility/personnel that performed the procedure. Policies vary from place to place. What the attending permits would vary from MD to MD, from facility to facility.

    You want an answer, you go to the source of the best information. This means you ask those directly involved.

    Anything that we say would be merely speculation. Especially since YOU have a complete right to ask the MD involved. And if it has you anxious, that is what you should do.
  10. by   adria37
    There is an article in the current issue of JAMA that addresses your question.
  11. by   CrazyScrubNurse
    Hey I will answer your question if it is a general OR question or if you just want to know what a surgery is or something but as far as specifics you need to ask your doc or your nurses.

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