What rules have you broken to help a patient? - page 4
We have a rule where I work about no pets being allowed. Last summer I had a young female patient, vented and going to die while waiting for a lung transplant and she was completely with it. I took... Read More
Jun 10, '02Joined: ; Posts: n/aI somewhat think that the question shouldn't be one of "breaking the rules", but why such stupid rules exist in the first place!!! I have also sneaked in children, given sweets to a dying diabetic, and even held a mentally retarded child in the ICU in my arms, hooked to a portable monitor, multiple IV lines, the whole shebang, while he watched the fireworks from the ICU window on the 4th of July. When a doctor refuses an end-stage diabetic with neuropathy her Vicodin prescription because she might "get addicted", things have gone too far.
On the bright side, I'm now able to stir up LOTS of trouble and break LOTS of rules by questioning the use if some of these sacred medical sacraments. I'm not the most popular kid on the block, but I'm sure having lots of fun!! :chuckle
Jun 11, '02Joined: May '02; Posts: 151; Likes: 2There is something attractive with the "REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE!!!' image..... :P
But the Rebel with a cause has something more then to be desired
Jun 12, '02Occupation: RN Joined: Aug '01; Posts: 2,276; Likes: 42My MIL died in March. She had been diabetic for about 10 years. That last evening she scribbled us a note. It said "Dr. N said I could have whatever I wanted to eat." (Her appetite had been poor for several weeks). My husband asked her what she wanted to eat and she wrote down "a chocolate milkshake, not sugar free". We went and got one promptly (with the nurse in full agreement). She only took 3 or 4 bites, but the look on her face was priceless. It was the last thing she ever tasted, except for some ice chips and 7up. Sometimes rules just have to be broken.