Sunday, February 17, 2013

No you may NOT discharge that patient today - tomorrow's fine

That's what I said to a doctor the other day when I caught an extra shift on another unit. Surprisingly they listened!!!

My explanation to them was this: I had 5 pt's, on a new unit that I'm not familiar with, everything that I'm used to is completely different, I thought that I would be overwhelmed if I would have a discharge and subsequent admission and it was just too darned late in the day (after 5pm) to be discharging someone and they would just have to wait one more night.

Worked out anyways seeing as the pt was still requiring PRN pain meds because of severe feet pain related to a bone infection in both heels. Ya ouchy!

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