Do you ever correct people about medical stuff? - page 5

I'm not talking about patient education, I'm just talking about general conversation. I hear people get things wrong medically all the time, but I rarely correct people. For example, a relative... Read More

  1. by   tokmom
    Quote from Creamsoda
    to be fair, I used to pronounce it that way, I could have sworn that was how we leaned it in Canada, im now in the US and say it "de- breed", but unless I was just sorely wrong, I think thats how its pronounced in some areas.
    I have a British friend that says 'de bride.'
  2. by   AnonRNC
    Quote from tokmom
    What terminology do you want them to use? I seriously don't get it. When my family says 'stomach flu' I know there is puking and or diarrhea involved.
    Some people bothered because 'flu is short for influenza which is primarily a respiratory illness. My mama called respiratory illnesses 'colds' and digestive woes (V/D) 'flu'. Some folks might think 'stomach flu' is more polite than 'vomitting/diarrhea'.
  3. by   Nicody
    I had a relative of my boyfriend ask me what the shelf life of left-over antibiotics was

    When I tried to explain to them that a) you shouldn't have left-over antibiotics, and b) that's almost an impossible question because they are affected by so many things (heat, light, humidity), they said 'Well shouldn't you at least know the common ones? You're a nurse."

    Same guy, later in the conversation, holding his abdomen.. "I'm also having some pain here. What do you think it is?". Hm, well let me just turn on my x-ray vision. Then, "It feels like the pain I had before when I had gallstones, and it's in the same place." Umm.. probably gallstones then.

    I give up.
  4. by   rumwynnieRN
    It drives me up the walls when people say, "Yeah my doctor prescribed an antibiotic for her cough." I think about the signs and symptoms, and then ask for the name, and no, of course it's not an antibiotic. It's some anti-expectorant.

    Why is every medication almost always an antibiotic or hypertensive medication? I bite my tongue in public...unless it's my family or friends. Regardless of who says it, it still irks me. It bothers me even more when my non-medical relatives cut up their pills and share them with other relatives because they have similar symptoms (!). If this was an NCLEX question, yes, my father and I intervene and say, "YOU CAN'T GIVE HER YOUR THYROID MEDICATION BECAUSE SHE HASN'T EVEN HAD THE TEST TO SEE IF SHE'S ACTUALLY GOT IT AND YOU COULD THROW HER INTO HYPERTHYROIDISM THEN PUT HER AT RISK FOR THYROID STORM."
  5. by   SleeepyRN
    Recently my cousin sent me a pic of her friend's toe. She told me the toe was not broken. I was baffled, looking at the pic wondering how in the heck the toe was not broken. A little later in the conversation, she mentioned the word "fractured" and kept talking. I backed her up. "Wait, you said it IS fractured?" She said "yeah the doctor said it's just fractured, not broken." I explained to her that fracture means broken. She asked me why a doctor would say that. The conversation got more confusing after that. I ended it with, if you don't believe me, Google it. She comes to me a lot with questions but ends up saying "hmmmm, well my doctor said this..." I've had to explain to her that even physicians debate and disagree. She's the only one I will get in these conversations with though. I'm not going to argue with others
  6. by   mariebailey
    Quote from Esme12
    For the most part I would mind my own business. You should not be giving out medical advice. I do correct immediate family if necessary....but most of the time I mind my own business.

    Even when asked you will find that most people will defend their own MD/PCP to the very end. I will state medical information and add "In my experience" and advise that they can always seek a second opinion if they aren't comfortable.
    I totally agree. I avoid providing advice. I don't mind providing education, like the other poster stated, when people seek it out, but I see it as not in anyone's best interest to advise someone on their personal health if I'm not their provider.
  7. by   mariebailey
    Quote from sapphire18
    Except for the time I found out a coworker was taking 5-5.5g of Tylenol a day (non-nurse). :/
    Did you advise them to drink charcoal and mucomyst?
    Last edit by mariebailey on Jan 29, '13
  8. by   mariebailey
    Quote from LalaJJB
    Stomach flu is the only thing that drives me nuts....especially when one of my RN friends say it.
    It drives me crazy too, but their are so many potential culprits (norovirus, salmonella, STEC, etc.), what else can they say? Gastroenteritis?
  9. by   kgoode0919
    Oh lordy, I heard a guy tell someone that they would go into anaphylactic shock if they let their blood sugar get over 400 again.

    I also end up getting asked all the time if I can get someone a few antibiotics for their tooth, no! When I explain what happens from taking 3-4 random antibiotics all the time, they think I'M the idiot! I give up!
  10. by   CloudySue
    An Atlanta news affiliate did a story about my sister with a systemic group-A strep infection which caused multiple organ shutdown. After the interview with my sister and her husband, who NEVER mentioned anything other than the facts, somebody in the newsroom Googled group A strep (I assume) while writing the story and learned that also caused Scarlet Fever. So the story said that she nearly died and was in a coma for 11 days from Scarlet Fever. I wrote to the reporter and asked him to retract that, people will start thinking that Scarlet Fever is something completely different than what it is. He wrote back some lame answer that he'd look into it, but I never saw the online story change.

    It only got worse a few days later when another news affiliate wanted to top that story; they started alarming people with "Local woman nearly dies from flesh-eating bacteria".
    Last edit by CloudySue on Jan 29, '13
  11. by   CloudySue
    Quote from madwife2002

    HOWEVER it drives me crazy when I watch TV and see all the mistakes made in a show or a film.
    I have been known to shout at the TV on occasions
    On Scrubs, I see gloves removed improperly. Drives me crazy! That was the FIRST thing I learned in nursing school You'd think they'd have consultants on the set!
  12. by   amygarside
    I try not to correct people about it.
  13. by   BostonFNP
    Sometimes with family members I will interject, otherwise no.

    You need to be very careful with curb-side consults (I often bump into patients in the grocery store that have a million questions). As a student you really shouldn't give anyone advice outside of the mediated clinical setting. As a LPN/RN/APRN, you need to think able your license and be very cautious about your scope of practice.