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  1. Good question. I don't believe ETOH was involved but could be? Hmmm, that's good to know for future encounters. Thank you!
  2. Absolutely no other S/S. He was technically a GCS 15. I was hypothesizing ipecac as well but after some research I realized that actually isn't sold anymore in pharmacies so it can't be that. I don't know of anything else that acts similarly to ipecac that's still available OTC. I even looked at some common household cleaners and none have them have vomiting as a common symptom. And there definitely was some "potion" involved as other people there have seen him drinking it. Sorry, didn't add that above. Lots of details. Hmmm, yeah, his vitals never really alerted me to anything significant but now that you mention it, it didn't even occur to me that in relation to him vomiting a lot daily for a week, there may have been something off there. The what if's are what kill me...one of the big reasons I'm making the transition to nursing...I actually know what happens with the patient at the end. Thanks for your answer!
  3. Yes, delusions were recent. The vomiting happened after the mental status change, but not as a direct result of it. His delusions are what caused him to take some sort of substance that he believed was a potion, and this "potion" is what caused him to vomit.
  4. Hi all, I'm a paramedic (but aspiring nurse) and had a call the other day which I can't stop thinking about...I get too curious sometimes. This is also something I think that hospital staff will know more about since they see the patient's long term so if any of you have had a patient like this and know the substance, please let me know! Summary is, this elderly gentleman from an independent living facility was vomiting for 2-3 hours every day at the same time when he took this "special potion" (in his words) that gives him powers to tell the future. Facility staff say he has always been very with reality and that he has recently changed to his current state...schizophrenia? Alzheimer's? etc.? He is healthy for the most part but has a few physical ailments from an accident, so I'm not kidding this guy is not on a single med!! This indicates to me that whatever he was taking as his "potion" was OTC or otherwise easily accessible. I cannot think of a easily accessible single thing that can foolproof cause vomiting like that every. single. time. Yes, nausea is a side effect of many drugs or substances, but vomiting?? And every time? But also not seeming to do anything else? That's what puzzles me. I've been internet crazy trying to figure this out but cannot. His vitals were somewhat around this if it helps: HR: 75bpm RR: 16 SpO2: 97% BP: 140/85 Temp: 37.2 C Other than the vomiting, no other S/S whatsoever! Ideas?
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    Paramedic to Nursing School Transition?

    Super thanks for the answers guys! Both of you helped a lot and all my questions were answered! Thanks!
  6. Hello, I'm a paramedic of 5 years in the Vancouver area and am wanting to now go into nursing school to become an RN. I know how to do this and the whole application process for all the schools, but my main question is exactly how will my paramedic background affect me either positively or negatively. This is the main thought that is concerning me as I've had many people tell me that paramedic thinking screws with you in some portions of the program. I've also read online that some didn't even have to study for almost the first whole year because it's just a repeat. I'm just so confused as to what to expect. So main bits: -What are the advantages of my background? -What are the disadvantages of my background? -What should I do and/or say to prevent any negatives coming from my background? And then also a bit of an off topic question: -Do you think it's a good or bad idea to work weekends as a paramedic while in nursing school? Thanks for the help guys!

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