Does This Sound Fishy? - page 4

I was working in peds last night and they brought up an 8 month old baby with a head injury who had been in a car accident. The baby was the only one hurt...the parents claim he was in a car seat and... Read More

  1. by   melsay
    Flo.....If the Doc suspected ANYTHING by law she HAS to report it.
  2. by   melsay
    I agree also w/ sunnygirl, a child not in a car seat IS abuse all on it's own
  3. by   sanakruz
    Let's hope the ER Called CPS. In CA it is amndatory to report SUSPECTED child abuse, which is what this is, suspicion, and 9 times out of 10 the ER sees it first.(theres are posters in the ER break room with a list of TRIGGERS to prompt a report.)
    Check with the ER doc and nurses,flo
  4. by   Tookie
    Sounds fishy to me - I would hope that somethiing is followed through - Please keep us updated - if you find out any more - It is hard in your position however well done for thinkng and examingin the possibilites and not just accepting what you are told - to me a good sign of a good nurse.
  5. by   sixes
    This sounds fishy to me. In canada we are obligated to report any suspicion of abuse to authorities. The only one hurt???? Parents having a snack???? Scary. I would report this to the proper people and have them take over.
  6. by   Mimi2RN
    Unless there was something large on the ledge by the back window, it doesn't make any sense that the baby was hit in the face. If the car was rear ended, or a side impact, the parents would have been hurting, too.........

    The social worker does need to be involved in this. You may not be able to do anything in this situation, but talking to the supervisor is a good start.

    If you have the opportunity, talk to your nursing instructor about the situation. It is a learning experience for your fellow students, too. This can be discussed without breaking confidentiality. If you work with children or the elderly, this will come up again. Nurses are mandated reporters, the same as doctors and social workers.