Do you know where you are? - page 2

by wannabecnl 4,392 Views | 17 Comments

To assess orientation in the PACU, once my patients are awake enough to have a prayer of knowing the answers, I ask all of them (except young pedi) some version of the "pop quiz": 1. Can you tell me where you are? 2. Can... Read More


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    When the patient can tell me both the day AND the date, I'm always impressed--I have to look at my watch!

    Also, I had a similar experience to Msjellybean when it was election time. I'd ask who the president was or who the candidates were, and let's just say that it was obvious that no one had a neutral opinion on the subject...
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    I shy away from asking the specific date also (hard for me to keep straight working nights as well!) & instead will ask for the month, season, or what holiday was just celebrated.
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    I had a patient once who would give random answers because she thought I'd leave her alone as long as she gave an answer.
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    My mother was in the hospital. Her neighbor was in to visit, and said, "Do you know who I am?" right in her face, in a loud voice. My mother said, "Yes. Why, don't you?"
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    I was doing a neuro exam on a Spanish speaking patient. I asked him where he was the best I could in my bad Spanish. He replied back to me in Spanish "Here in the bed". I called him a smarty pants and laughed. He knew he was in the bed LOL. He eventually answered that he was in the hospital. He laughed at me though the rest of the night.
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    I listened one night to a med student trying to a work-up a young man who came in w/a headache r/o meningitis.

    Med student: Who's the president?

    pt answers correctly.

    Med student: who was the president before him?

    correct answer again.

    Med student: who was the president before him?

    Pt: LINCOLN!! Who the [ ] cares!!!
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    Recently I was assessing one of my residents and he was telling me that he had a horrid time remembering months/dates. So I asked him if he knew the month....he laughed and said "you're mean" and I told him he had a 50/50 chance of getting it right as the month started with "M" so not missing a beat he said "Merry Christmas". Oh now when I see him, he and I laugh about it!
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    Quote from KnitWitch
    I work night shift and half the time I can't appropriately answer "What day is it/what's the date?"
    I once did an MMSE with a very depressed and withdrawn patient. He scored 29 out of 30. I only had to correct him on the date. Later I had to go tell him he actually scored 30 out of 30, while his nurse scored 29 out of 30. First time I'd ever seen him laugh!
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