To all you ER nurses. As a float nurse Im assigned mostly to tele and med surg. So when I do work in ER I have over flow patients.
Well, what I want to know when someone has come in and lets say has had chest pain, vomiting, dizziness, or any number of different complaints for lets say 2 weeks, Dont you want to ask them why the h*** didnt they go to their doc or even call them to make an appointment.
May 12, '03
I think that people who come to ER after neglecting to give Tylenol actually have an understandable logic at work. They are worried that we will not take them seriously if they say that the child is sick, but then has no fever. They haven't thought it through that the source of the fever is an illness, which provides us with signs of its own. We look for far more than just a fever.
So, their worry is that we will not believe them if there is no fever. If they give Tylenol, the fever goes down.
I am told that ER visits in CA are easier financially for those on public health benefits, than clinic or MD visits. So, people use our ER as a clinic. It certainly gums up the works for when a true ememrgency arrives. When I work in triage and people complain about the wait --4 to 8 hours somedays--I tell them that this is largely due to people using our ER as a clinic. They quiet right down.
Last edit by AngelGirl on May 12, '03