Would you call an ambulance?

  1. Scenario:
    First grader lower function ASD student found during snack time by his one on one with two over the counter pain meds in his snack bag. No acute distress. Would you call an ambulance immediately?
    yes or no
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  2. Poll: Would you call an ambulance?

    • Yes

      2.90% 2
    • No

      97.10% 67
    69 Votes
  3. 66 Comments

  4. by   dakotadenise
    No. I see no reason to call an ambulance. No evidence that he took any meds. No distress. I'd call home and ask about the meds in the sack.
  5. by   BethG73
    No, but I would call home. Did you call an ambulance?
  6. by   AdobeRN
    No - I would contact the parent. I have had parents put OTC meds in with their kids lunch with instructions to take the med after they eat.
  7. by   NutmeggeRN
    Not without any signs or symptoms of an overdosee, possibly poison control? Definitely administration and the parent/guardian.
  8. by   Jen-Elizabeth
    Quote from NutmeggeRN
    Not without any signs or symptoms of an overdosee, possibly poison control? Definitely administration and the parent/guardian.
    Yep. No proof student ingested them. I'd call home for more information first.

    Aside: I have parents send students in with OTC meds in a baggie all. the. time. Ugh. I stock them - parents know this, know they can sign off on our health emergency form for administration of ibuprofen or acetaminophen by me after I evaluate their child. So call/email me that student is feeling "meh" and I'll check in. But the parents that send those baggies haven't send me that home form...
  9. by   halohg
    While giving One parent a chance to get in touch with the other (less than 5 minutes), principal was made aware of situation by the students one on one, Principal is questioning my medical judgement on why one was not called immediately. Ultimately after speaking with poison control and not being able to conclude if additional meds were ingested if any, 911 was called. I wanted to give parents a chance, but the principal wanted an ambulance.
  10. by   halohg
    Quote from BethG73
    No, but I would call home. Did you call an ambulance?
    see comment above
  11. by   dakotadenise
    I really think that is excessive. An ambulance for a child in NO distress, who *may* have taken an OTC pain med (I'm assuming tylenol/motrin)? I think it would have been parents decision to figure out the situation, come get child for medical evaluation, or to let you know they wanted an ambulance.
  12. by   OldDude
    That's pretty amazing. Did EMS actually transport the poor little dude?
  13. by   grammy1
    Is the principal going to pick up the tab for the ambulance??
  14. by   Supernrse01
    What would be the reasoning for calling an ambulance? No distress and no signs that he took the medication. I get that you have no idea how many pills may have been in the bag, but if no distress, I would call home first, to inquire. I'm wondering why medications and snacks were in the same bag?
  15. by   halohg
    Quote from grammy1
    Is the principal going to pick up the tab for the ambulance??
    yeah right

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Would you call an ambulance?