Pt. family & internet medical education

  1. get this, we have a patient that is in for pneumonia and a stroke. she just crumped and had no pre-existing history or complications. the family is rightly concerned, so they went and found some information out about their family members condition.

    two days into her stay, the husband comes up to a nurse requesting that he see a doctor immediately. he found something that his wife had to be tested for now. he had written this most missed diagnosis down on a piece of paper and wanted to present it to the patients doctor.

    on the paper it said

    doctors miss 60% of these "sequelae".

    it was all we could do not to bust out laughing right there.

    we thoughtfully called him a doctor, and a thesarus.

    the doctor handled it very professionally to his credit.

    anyway, thought you guys would enjoy a funny.
    Last edit by nilepoc on Dec 12, '01
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   CelticNurse
    Oh, my stars!

    God preserve us from patients' relatives and their enquiring minds!

    Truly, it is said, a little knowledge is indeed a dangerous thing.

    Keep the faith, people.
  4. by   donmurray
    But then if we didn't use jargon, and dead languages, to confuse them in the first place?
  5. by   CelticNurse
    Indeed so, this is an arguable point. There are, however, those
    patients and their kith and kin who are, quite frankly, a flamin'
    pain in the butt, irregardless of how low-brow you have to go in
    order to disseminate your information or, indeed, answer endless
    pointless question after another.

    Before you jump to any conclusion that I am being an elitist git, I have to say in my defence that I have just finished the last thirteen hour shift in a string of four at a particularly busy Trauma ITU and have had the most harrowing time with the family of a young GSW injury who didn't make it. Six hours solid work on him plus a further two with a spectacularly unhelpful and obstructive family, trying to help them and getting truckloads of abuse. I'm sure this wasn't in my contract!

    If this has turned into a moan then, please, be assured I am not always such an old curmudgeon. I just feel the need to howl at the moon. Having had this moan now, I feel much better. Thanks.

    Please stand by. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.
  6. by   donmurray
    Forgive the smart remark, fellow celt! Families from hell are indeed, the bane of all our lives! As to the original post, there's a word for it..........Cyberchondria!........... since web access increased, so has this syndrome. Any one with a vague collection of symptoms can trawl the internet in seconds, where it used to take days with a medical encyclopaedia, and come up with all sorts of off the wall rarities.

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