June 29, 2016, 10:10 pm

Real Cialis

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Real cialis This is an interesting little gem.

Real cialis I believe it was part of an ad for health insurance.

Real cialis Interesting because it looks about circa 1950.

Real cialis Because for what I spend on amazon.com, real cialis I could have my appendix out every ten days.

Real cialis With the Grade A anesthesia!

Real cialis And because this patient looks to be headed for surgery in an evening gown!

Real cialis Honey, real cialis in my facility, real cialis you don’t even get to keep your underwear on!

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I’ve lived through many changes in health care over the last three decades.

Seen trends come and go.

Seen fancy “miracle” drugs come and go. Real cialis And come back again.

But something is happening.

The changes are coming faster.

I’m coming up on three years in my current ER.

Here are a few of the changes I’ve seen in that relatively short length of time.

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Patients are more open about their health issues.

  • Patients seem more willing to let you know when they have infections like Hep C or HIV.
    • Words and intitials that used to be whispered with averted gaze are now spoken outright and without shame.
    • I like to think that patients are more comfortable because they don’t feel the stigma that was once attached to infectious disease. Real cialis Maybe I’m naive. Real cialis I hope not.
    • I’ve had more than one patient warn me to be extra careful when taking their blood!
  • Patients are more upfront about their sexuality and medications taken for it.
    • I used to have to ask about Viagra specifically; no nitroglycerin if Viagra is on board! I still ask, real cialis but have noticed an increased willingness to mention the presence of Viagra without being asked.
    • Again, real cialis I’d like to think this is due to increased patient education from both health-care providers and that patients feel more comfortable informing us of these medications.
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Real cialis More patients are using the emergency department as their source for narcotics.

  • This leads to me believe one of three scenarios:
    • 1. Real cialis The patient has chronic pain and they must utilize the ER when they experience breakthrough pain or when their coping mechanisms are overwhelmed. Real cialis Or…
    • 2. Real cialis The patient does not have an adequate pain control regimen in place as yet and continues to experience episodes of pain requiring narcotics. Real cialis This is also legitimate. Real cialis Or…
    • 3. Real cialis The patient is a drug-seeker. Real cialis You know them. Real cialis It’s a feeling in your gut. Real cialis Daily visits for two weeks. Real cialis Two visits in 24 hours, real cialis more than once. Real cialis Overly-solicitous behavior to the nurses. Real cialis (I’m good, real cialis but no, real cialis I’m not Mother Teresa, real cialis thank you anyway.) “Allergic” to every medication other than the one(s) they are asking for. Real cialis There have been shifts when I have seen 6-7 of our “regulars”. Real cialis Some call in ahead to see how busy we are. Real cialis This is not legitimate.
  • So how do you know which is which?
    • Many times, real cialis you don’t.
    • That means everyone is treated as if their request is legitimate and they are not drug seeking.
    • But I can tell you there are more narcotics flowing out of emergency departments today than I’ve ever seen. Real cialis I can also tell you that when
      • I know the patient’s name when they walk in the door, real cialis
      • when I can write their medical history from memory on the triage chart, real cialis and
      • when I am giving amounts of medication that would put me out for eternity, real cialis we have a problem, real cialis Houston.
    • Sometimes, real cialis I can’t help but feel like a drug pusher – in the literal sense. Real cialis We are doing these patients a dis-service by continuing to feed their addiction. Real cialis It’s a sad situation; it’s almost like they live from visit to visit. Real cialis But they still come in. Real cialis Because they get what they want.
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Real cialis There are more patients in the emergency department.

Real cialis This isn’t my imagination, real cialis we’re adding more nurses like crazy to handle the load!

Real cialis I’ll use my shift, real cialis the night shift, real cialis as an example:

  • The old night shift
  • Clear out the patients left over from PM shift by 0100
  • Stock the unit and order meds.
  • Catch up on all the nursing journals and research papers you have not had a chance to read. Real cialis (Translation: knit, real cialis crochet, real cialis write letters, real cialis catch up on your novel, real cialis do crossword puzzles, real cialis gossip and eat, real cialis eat, real cialis eat!)
  • Put all evidence of professional journals away by 0530 so that the day shift doesn’t think you sat on your butt half the night.
  • Get ready for the daily hip fracture patient that is sure to come in between 0545 and 0630 and the daily pulmonary edema patient that will come between 0615 and 0700
The new night shift:
  • Come in at 2300, real cialis pour coffee.
  • Run your derrierre off with a nearly full department.
  • At 0200, real cialis make more coffee (you never had a chance to sip the first cup).Run your derrierre off with the new patients that have just arrived as you hit the “on” button on the coffee pot.
  • At 0400, real cialis make more coffee. Real cialis Actually drink half of this cup. Real cialis Go attend to the four pediatric patients from the same family who all have fevers and just walked in with all four grandparents and a fourth cousin once removed.
  • At 0600, real cialis forget any more attempts at coffee. Real cialis Grab your six-inch high pile of charts and begin documenting what you did five hours previously.
  • Take the next hip fracture and pulmonary edema patients.
  • Kiss the day shift.

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The paperwork has become unmanageable.

I’ve blogged on this ad nauseum.

Ostensibly, real cialis the paperwork is supposed to document good patient care.

  • In reality, real cialis it borders on preventing adequate patient care as the nurse spends more time at the chart than at the bedside.
  • You don’t get a “gold star” on your record for making sure your patients received good skin care.
  • You get a “gold star” for filling in all the blanks on the chart.
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Real cialis So it appears the rapid changes I’ve witnessed in the last three years are a mixed bag.

Real cialis On the one hand, real cialis patients are more willing to discuss intimate aspects of their care with their health-care providers.

Real cialis On the other hand, real cialis the census of my emergency department is swelling secondary to non-emergent patients utilizing our services.

Real cialis A major factor are patients with chronic pain utilizing the ER for pain relief services on a continual basis. Real cialis Most are legitimate. Real cialis Many are not. Real cialis And that is sad for two reasons.

  • Addiction sucks.
  • The abusers make it that much harder for legitimate pain patients to be viewed clearly and dispassionately.

Real cialis Add the increasing amounts of paperwork, real cialis and you see a much different ER than you saw just three years ago.

Real cialis I wonder what changes I’ll be writing about in 2010…..

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13 Comments

  • Sid Schwab
    Sid Schwab

    October 28, 2006 at 10:30 am

    Re: grade A anesthesia. There’s an old saw about the patient asking the anesthesiologist how much he charges and, when he hears the answers, exclaims: You charge that much just to put me asleep???? No, the answer comes. Putting you to sleep is free. We only charge for waking you back up.


  • Deacon Barry
    Deacon Barry

    October 28, 2006 at 1:28 pm

    You get regular hip fractures and pulmonary oedemas at awkward times. With us it’s corneal ulcers – and we always seem to get them coming in on Friday afternoon! Why Friday? It’s as if they wait until their working week is finished before deciding to do something about that sore eye they’ve had since Tuesday…


  • Fat Doctor
    Fat Doctor

    October 28, 2006 at 3:12 pm

    Kim, where on earth do you find these pics? Please tell! I won’t steal the concept (promise) but I just have to know! 🙂


  • motherjones-rn
    motherjones-rn

    October 28, 2006 at 3:26 pm

    What do you mean you’re not like Mother Teresa? A nurse must have the patients of a saint to work in an ER.

    I love the sign about grade A anesthesia.

    MJ


  • Rob
    Rob

    October 28, 2006 at 8:50 pm

    The narcotics thing is the bane of our existence in the office as well. On a typical day I will get 10-20 phone calls regarding narcotics. You are always doing this intricate dance of wanting to meet the needs of your patients without creating addicts. As I get older I am meaner and meaner about them. When I first started out I cared more about making patients mad at me. The problem is, if I turn them away, guess where they end up. Yes, in the ER.


  • TC
    TC

    October 29, 2006 at 2:56 am

    I hear ya about the drug seekers. But are you really going to make any difference to there addiction in one ER visit? Or even several visits? It’s not a good forum to address a possible addiction problem. Something really needs to be done with the state of all mental health services, including addiction treatment, which has become virtually non-existent in my neck of the woods unless you have really good health insurance.


  • angry doc
    angry doc

    October 29, 2006 at 4:44 am

    Kim,

    I’m going to steal that picture for my own blog. 🙂


  • S. R.
    S. R.

    October 29, 2006 at 3:42 pm

    The drug thing happens on the medical floor too. 10/10 pain every two hours that can only be removed with the 4mg shot of Morhpine, not the Vicodin 5/500 tab. If you still have 10/10 pain every two hours after 7-14 days in the hospital, you should be writhing, urinating yourself, and in the ICU, not asking for sandwiches.

    It’s not that i don’t care about pain; it’s that these requests take away from other patient’s care. Addicition is narcissism, however.


  • Carol
    Carol

    October 29, 2006 at 8:58 pm

    Just a laygirl’s observation… I read more and more about ER’s being swamped with pain patients, and about office doctors being stingy with narcotic rx because the gov’t is watching like the KGB, and sometimes even arresting doctors for treating intractable pain with big narcotic scripts. I wonder if there is a correlation?


  • apgaRN
    apgaRN

    October 30, 2006 at 9:56 am

    And then come the babes… if mom has been abusing narcs (or other drugs) throughout pregnancy, baby is addicted too. The high-pitched screaming of a baby in withdrawal is enough to put me over the edge. And to keep me from feeling an ounce of sympathy for drug-seeking moms.


  • TuxBaby
    TuxBaby

    October 30, 2006 at 1:02 pm

    I can relate! We get those “frequent flyers” too. I remember about 4-5 regulars who I could probably pre-chart the initial info, and stash the charts under the triage desk for the next visit… (of course I didn’t actually DO that)! I also know of some of the drug seekers being not-so-thrilled with the ER doc for giving them Stadol or Talwin and sending them on their way- and without the great high they had hoped to get. We’ve even had some call in to see what ER doc was on shift- because some were more free (more naive?) than others.

    As for the paperwork…. you get gold stars for yours?!?? I never got any stars for my stacks-of-charts! **pout**

    ~TuxBaby


  • Sometimes desperate ER patient
    Sometimes desperate ER patient

    December 3, 2006 at 8:26 pm

    I make sure that I NEVER ask for any narcotics in the ER, and yet they all treat me like a potential drug seeker. Why? I would rather have pain than to have to put up with the yuckky side effects of pain pills.


  • Virginia
    Virginia

    January 27, 2007 at 12:19 pm

    Thank you for the great web site – a true resource, and one many people clearly enjoy


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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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