As a Triage Nurse it is essential that we get accurate responses to our queries to we come up with the correct Aquity and proper disposition. OUr decisions based up on info providfed to us has both legal and medical implications
What is the patients temperature?
He doesn't have a fever
What is the Patients temperature (broken record technique)
Did you take his temperature?
I am doing a Triage on a 3 month old with fever and mom is providing the info
Is the patient in front of you now?
Is he awake/alert and breathing normally? Yes
Can I listen to him breath?
He isn't with me now
You told me he was with you.
He was an hour ago
I prefer to speak directly to kids if they are old enough to understand because mothers answer for kids without asking them what we tell them to ask.