Quote from OldnurseRN
While I agree that patients have every right to refuse treatment I question (to myself) WHY are they here seeking treatment?
LOL. I had this one lady who was admitted. She fussed and fussed at every med pass, "That's not my med. That's not when I take it. I can do this at home, better than you can." The doc finally just sent her home because she insisted that the hospital wasn't doing anything she couldn't do herself.
I have had another spouse of a patient who kept ******** because her husband's blood pressure was high. He came in with acute renal failure and had been on an ACE inhibitor for years, which controlled his BP. Well, ACE ihibitors can cause renal failure when used over time, so the doc dc'd it. Of course ARF can cause elevated BP. As much as we explained and explained to this woman, she was convinced that if we just put him back on his old BP med, he'd be fine. Every time the docs tweeked his meds, added one, added PRN BP meds, etc, she'd roll her eyes. What are they doing now? Why don't they just put him back on ....."
I sometimes just want to say, "You're in the hospital. Things have changed. What you did before may not work any longer. Stop focusing on what you used to do. If that was still working, you wouldn't be here!!!"