I am hoping someone can clear up some confusion for me.
Situation: A patient comes into your ER and is experiencing signs of alcohol withdrawal. As a nurse which would be your first priority:
A) Assess if patient is taking any other substances or
B) Ask patient for Date and Time of last drink
Feb 17, '13
by Stephalump, RN
I really don't like questions like that. In reality, I'm going to assess both of those things, both within 5 seconds of each other, and I, not going to use the information until I have the answer to both. It just seems nitpicky.
I would think how often and how many times a week the pt drinks would be first priority. Then you'd know if there's any need to delve further into drinking habits. But you'd need to ask about other substances no matter what...so basically I just don't like the question
Last edit by Stephalump on Feb 17, '13
Feb 19, '13
by Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
I agree the question already states they are with alcohol withdrawal.....
If someone walks up to you as a nurse with the shakes and tells you they are suffering fro ETOH withdrawl.....your first question is......when was you last drink .....how much do you usually drink, followed by..... do you use any other substances.
Last edit by Esme12 on Feb 19, '13