I have this patient with dementia who doesn't really have the ability to verbally express his pain. In his life before dementia I am told that he was very stoic and would never complain of pain even if he was in agony. I have found him several times moaning and groaning in his bed holding one part of his body or another. His family doesn't want him to take anything stronger than Tylenol, they say he's never been in pain and they don't believe he is now. His DOCTOR says moaning and groaning and holding your body doesn't mean you are in pain. :angryfire I was flabbergasted at this. Our medical director is going to intervene in this but has anyone had problems like this with physicians and families not wanting you to properly address a patients pain? How did you handle it?
As for that doctor.......someday I'd like to be his nurse.... Yes sir I understand you just had an amputation....I have your tylenol right here.......... (oh that's so not nice
May 27, '09
Educate the family too. Loads of people think analgesia will sedate and put them to sleep. Not to mention kill them sooner...
Last edit by Higgs on May 27, '09
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