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Non prescription viagra Here’s a picture from an old Curad bandage ad. Non prescription viagra Looks like the poor guy was cornered by his sister’s “Nurse Club”. Non prescription viagra No boys allowed unless they’re patients! Reminds me of my old skills lab in school. Non prescription viagra This must be what it feels like when you first come into the ER. Non prescription viagra Moments of activity punctuated by hours of sheer boredom.

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  • Make a list of all your medications. Non prescription viagra How much you take and when, non prescription viagra including vitamins, non prescription viagra herbal preparations and over-the-counter medications. Non prescription viagra Include your allergies.
  • Make a list of past medical problems and surgeries. Non prescription viagra Be thorough.
  • Put this information in your wallet, non prescription viagra so that you can hand it to the triage nurse should you need to visit the ER. Non prescription viagra It’s hard to remember everything when you are ill. Non prescription viagra (Women, non prescription viagra keep track of your last period. Non prescription viagra It’s important and will be asked). Non prescription viagra Keep your list on a computer so that it is easily revised as needed.

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  • Decide if you really need to visit the ER. Non prescription viagra Most of the time it will be obvious, non prescription viagra other times not so clear cut. Non prescription viagra Fever? Vomiting? Diarrhea? Congestion? Migraine recurrance? Call your doctor or utilize the advice line of your clinic if available. Non prescription viagra They can give you advice over the phone that can save you the time and expense of an ER trip. Non prescription viagra Doctors, non prescription viagra if they know you, non prescription viagra can call in any needed prescriptions. Non prescription viagra There is always a doctor on call. Non prescription viagra Yep, non prescription viagra even at 3:00 am. Non prescription viagra If you are concerned enough to be considering an ER visit in the middle of the night, non prescription viagra it’s worth a call. Non prescription viagra This is especially good to do for kids, non prescription viagra who never seem to get sick during office hours! Unfortunately, non prescription viagra ERs are not allowed to give advice over the phone. Non prescription viagra It’s a legal thing. Non prescription viagra They will tell you they will be happy to care for you if you come in, non prescription viagra but they cannot help you make that decision.
  • Find someone to go with you if possible. Non prescription viagra If you are given pain medication, non prescription viagra you won’t be able to drive home. Non prescription viagra Bring one person. Non prescription viagra Try not to bring the whole family, non prescription viagra it gets very hectic in the ER and most have strict visitation policies that would keep them sitting in the waiting room anyway.
  • Wear something easy to get in and out of. Non prescription viagra The first thing you will do is get undressed, non prescription viagra so leave the complicated stuff at home. Non prescription viagra Leave your jewelry there, non prescription viagra too.

Non prescription viagra While you are there:

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  • Make sure you have your call bell on the gurney. Non prescription viagra Don’t be afraid to request what you need to make you comfortable. Non prescription viagra You aren’t “bugging” the nurses, non prescription viagra they are there to help you.

Non prescription viagra After you leave:

  • Follow the discharge directions. Non prescription viagra If medications are ordered, non prescription viagra take them as directed.
  • Make an appointment with your doctor to follow up.

Non prescription viagra An ER visit is never fun, non prescription viagra but by thinking ahead and using the suggestions above, non prescription viagra it can be easier.

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18 Comments

  • Barbados Butterfly
    Barbados Butterfly

    September 27, 2005 at 3:41 am

    I salivate when patients produce a list of their medications. Honest. I’ve gotten better over the years at guessing medications (sorry folks, but “three white tablets in the morning and two blue ones in the evening” isn’t quite descriptive enough) and from time to time I’ve pored through a drug formulary guide to work out what the unlabelled medications are…

    Oh, and as for the question of whether you NEED to go to the ER, some people really do find this difficult. One man springs to mind… he called an ambulance because his little finger hurt. It had hurt since he broke it four days ago and this was the third time he’d called the ambulance and visited us for his little finger pain.

    Just found your blog, fantastic writing and hope you and your daughter enjoyed the Rob Thomas concert!


  • Kim
    Kim

    September 27, 2005 at 12:59 pm

    Welcome and thanks!


  • Julie
    Julie

    September 27, 2005 at 2:14 pm

    Yet another example of no real difference between the US and UK. It often seems people use the ER (A&E in UK) instead of bothering with their own doctor (if they actually have one of course).


  • kenju
    kenju

    September 27, 2005 at 4:38 pm

    Kim, this ought to be required reading for the whole human race. I think I will post a link to it on my blog tomorrow.


  • Kim
    Kim

    September 27, 2005 at 5:06 pm

    Hi Kenju,

    Considering that I think the whole human race showed up at my ER last weekend, that would be great! LOL!


  • Hale McKay
    Hale McKay

    September 27, 2005 at 9:50 pm

    Excellent posting and excellent advice, especially about having a list of meds with you.


  • *Sigh*

    You write so well; it’s always a pleasure to read you…and truthfully, not just sucking up there, nursie…I’m learning alot.

    Hh

    P.S. This is definitely, as Kenju said, something everyone should read.


  • lejnd
    lejnd

    September 28, 2005 at 7:49 am

    Thanks. Good suggestions.


  • mary
    mary

    September 28, 2005 at 11:54 am

    Hi, Kenju sent me. Very good advice. We have some nurses in our family and they all say how important it is to keep a list of meds and previous illnesses, allergies, etc with you at all times. You just never know when you’ll need it and none of us ever PLANS to end up in an E.R.!


  • ensurt
    ensurt

    September 28, 2005 at 12:07 pm

    hi, I read the link at kenju’s. It is a very clever, important post for everyone. It should be passed around!


  • Twisted Cinderella
    Twisted Cinderella

    September 28, 2005 at 12:12 pm

    great post. Very informative!


  • Marisa
    Marisa

    September 28, 2005 at 12:27 pm

    Found you through kenju, via Michele. Thanks for the post. I’m printing it out for my mom, who already keeps a list of her meds.

    Marisa


  • Jamie Dawn
    Jamie Dawn

    September 28, 2005 at 1:48 pm

    Great advice. I’m here via Kenju.


  • kenju
    kenju

    September 28, 2005 at 2:26 pm

    Kim, I am glad to see that some people (10-12) took me seriously and paid you a visit. Now we have to work on the rest of the human race…lol


  • rashbre
    rashbre

    September 28, 2005 at 2:28 pm

    Good advice, thank you. I shall permalink this to my blog somehow.

    Here via kenju.
    rashbre


  • Kim
    Kim

    September 28, 2005 at 2:51 pm

    Boy, this really is a “Kenjulanche”! LOL! Welcome to everyone!


  • Weary Hag
    Weary Hag

    October 1, 2005 at 3:10 am

    Hi Kim, Kenju sent me and I’m glad she did! What a wonderful and wise post … thank you for this sound advice.


  • Carmi
    Carmi

    October 1, 2005 at 7:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing this wisdom. I’ll be sharing this with my parents, who unfortunately spend far more time in this environment than I wish were the case.


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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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