Sunday, January 13, 2013
White Lie Pneumonia
I know that often people will tell little white lies because they want to tell you what they think you want to hear. We see it all the time. "Sir, do you use any street drugs or pain pills?" "Oh, heavens no!" We run the tox screen and it is pan positive. "Do you use alcohol?" "No." DTs on the way. I try to get people to be honest with me and try to explain that we are asking these questions so we can better help them. It still doesn't work. "Sir, did you have anything to eat or drink after midnight?", "No". The bronch after the aspiration that occured during induction for the elective surgery sucked out what appeared to be bread, egg and either sausage or ham. Talking with the family, they all hit Hardees on the way to the hospital. The patient thought a couple of biscuits wouldn't hurt.