I am interested in telephone triage. I was just wondering how would you handle a call from a patient that is having trouble breathing? YOu determine they need to call 911, but they refuse to.
Any help would be appreciated
Oct 21, '13
by Future FNP 14
You still call 911 and have her/him refused the ambulance. This is only in life threatening situations, as a nurse it is your duty to provide care and you can be liable, also if the patient is suicidal and homicidal. But you will have protocols that will guide you, don't worry. You need experience and critical thinking. I had a home health patient who I went to visit post chemo, his vs normal then 5 min later he started having labored breathing and sweating, he denied chest pain I took his vitals and accucheck 190 no hx of dm. His wife was home I told him I was calling 911 he refused and I remain calmed and explained to both that it was not normal and I was very concerned, I called 911 they came assess him his wife convince him to go. Dx with PE.
Last edit by Future FNP 14 on Oct 21, '13