As a new nurse I never thought that I would have a problem with a Doctor returning my page, Boy! Was I wrong! I had a patient with a history of seizures with current multiple acute medical conditions and had grand mal seizure x 4 within 2 hours. Longest one was 5minutes. This concerned me because the Doctor was not returning my page and even after 911 paging him no answer. I thought WHAT IF this patient DOESNT stop seizing?
I paged him right away too. Patient was safe and given 02,lowered to floor,..... and what ****** me off is on call doctor that FINALLY returned page sounded ALL irritated with me for calling him saying "I dont know this patient I dont feel comfortable......you need to call the attending, WHAT is the purpose of the on call if they dont do anything?? and WHAT IF the docs attending or on call NEVER CALLED BACK and the patient seizure continued over 5minutes and brain damage occurred , there were no standing orders for IM benzos and where i work is not a MEDICAL hospital so ......im gonna start documenting the HELL out of these incidents because this is sooo unsafe!!! THANK GOD the attending called back with orders to give meds and send out pt. and safe outcome...anyone work at medical hospital where the on call tells you to call attending for orders..or have this happen??