Saturday, December 22, 2012
Lately it seems that every patient hints that they need some pain medication even when they are been seen for something that does not cause pain. Sometimes they get quite belligerent when their hint is ignored. We have tried several different ways to address this. The one that has worked the best is to have the nursing assistant who is checking them in to hint to them first not to ask for pain medication. This way it is caught early. Quite often, the patient just gets up and leaves.