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  1. How to prevent falls
    All valid and excellent points. A patient has the absolute legal right to refuse any test, treatment, medication or procedure without prejudice to any other needed care - hospital policy does not...
    Nov 23
    Forum: Orthopaedic Nursing
  2. How to prevent falls
    Actually it's not that tough. If the staff won't listen, don't waste your time and theirs arguing - go over their head. You pick up the phone and call the patient advocate and find out who is the...
    Nov 19
    Forum: Orthopaedic Nursing
  3. Choosing a date to die?
    She has not changed her mind regarding exercising her rights under the death with dignity act. All she has done is to say that she is still feeling well enough that she is going to postpone her...
    Oct 30
    Forum: Nursing News
  4. Choosing a date to die?
    Just to restate a point - in Oregon, the Death with Dignity law gives a terminal patient with less than 6 months to live the legal and ethical right to choose to end their life IF they meet the very...
    Oct 14
    Forum: Nursing News
  5. Choosing a date to die?
    FWIW,I think it's a good thing that this issue has provoked much useful discussion here. Exchanging information, views and opinions is how we all learn and grow. As I read these pages though, the...
    Oct 10
    Forum: Nursing News
  6. Choosing a date to die?
    Yes under the law life insurance companies will have to pay. Back several pages I posted a link to a FAQ covering the Oregon law published by the Oregon Health Division - it covers most of these...
    Oct 10
    Forum: Nursing News
  7. Choosing a date to die?
    No it is not suicide, it is simply allowing a disease to follow its natural course. That's not my opinion, but a legal determination made by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and upheld by the US...
    Oct 10
    Forum: Nursing News
  8. Choosing a date to die?
    Or the flip side of the coin....... you see the “double effect” when medications (such as narcotics) which are prescribed by physicians with the intent to alleviate pain have the unintended secondary...
    Oct 8
    Forum: Nursing News
  9. Choosing a date to die?
    Call it what you desire, but from a legal standpoint the fact remains that Oregon statute specifies that participation under the Act is not suicide.
    Oct 8
    Forum: Nursing News
  10. Choosing a date to die?
    Just to clarify, exercising one's rights under Oregon's death with dignity act, by legal and statutory definition, is not an act of suicide. The law has extremely stringent requirements which must...
    Oct 8
    Forum: Nursing News
  11. Hard Time Dealing With Patient Rights
    This is absolutely incorrect. A competent patient has the absolute legal and constitutional right to refuse any test, treatment or procedure for any reason they may choose, without prejudice to...
    Jul 20
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  12. My patient does not comply.
    THIS! (emphasis added to quote by me). One of my pet peeves is the term "non-compliant". By definition it implies that medical staff have some legal authority to require patients to follow their...
    Jun 25
    Forum: Patient Education
  13. Air vs. Oxygen for breathing trt
    Yep - that's why we had a 10 minute hard limit on the bottom time on the 10/80 trimix. We preplanned it very carefully with appropriate safety reserves. Sorry for sidetracking the thread.....
    Jun 15
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. Air vs. Oxygen for breathing trt
    Unless you have them on high PPO2 levels for extended lengths of time, I wouldn't worry too much about oxygen toxicity. For example, because they see the highest concentrations of O2, the lungs...
    Jun 14
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. No!  It is NOT OK.
    Color me confused..... In several responses you state that you respect patient autonomy, but in the reply above you clearly deny that right. The patient always has both a choice and the final...
    Jun 3
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  16. No!  It is NOT OK.
    I agree with you that it really isn't that serious an issue, but that said, semantics can make a difference and clarity in communications is important. To that end, the OP makes some very good...
    May 26
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  17. Guys, do you take this personally?
    Actually, that's not quite accurate. The patient always has a choice, and still has the right to postpone a procedure and request rescheduling that allows for same gender care. Hospitals always say...
    Sep 28, '12
    Forum: Men in Nursing
  18. Guys, do you take this personally?
    I agree that nurses are refused for all kinds of reasons, and never said that you had to like it. It happens to both male and female nurses, and there's really nothing that can be done to change it....
    Sep 14, '12
    Forum: Men in Nursing
  19. Guys, do you take this personally?
    The issue you're describing is gender modesty. Gender modesty is something that is ingrained to some extent in most individuals in our society. There any number of influences, including cultural,...
    Sep 13, '12
    Forum: Men in Nursing
  20. What are your thoughts on patients who request no male nurses taking care of them?
    Personally, I don't see a problem with this type of request from either gender. As others have said, if it makes the patient more comfortable, why not? I'm sure there are extreme exceptions, but...
    Jun 28, '12
    Forum: Men in Nursing
  21. Colonoscopy awake, pain-free, no amnesia or hangover
    Question for you: Is there anything that would preclude a CRNA from administering remifentanyl? Given it's short half life and non-accumulative properties I would think it would be a fairly easy and...
    Jun 7, '12
    Forum: Gastroenterology Nursing
  22. Ruptured Appendix
    Did a little research. A recently released study in the UK concluded that antibiotics are a safe and effective initial therapy for patients with uncomplicated acute appendicitis, which...
    Jun 5, '12
    Forum: Emergency Nursing
  23. when patients go off the floor...
    Just to be clear, I never said you were lying to the patient, I said the facility was - there is a difference. Here's a link to another discussion on the subject: ...
    Mar 31, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. when patients go off the floor...
    This is a good example of how good intentions can cross into unethical behavior. The premise that if a patient leaves AMA their insurance will not cover their stay is a complete myth - an urban...
    Mar 30, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. when patients go off the floor...
    Just a point of clarification. You can't legally force a patient to sign an AMA form....or anything else for that matter. Sure you can try to talk them into it, but if they refuse there's really...
    Mar 28, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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