Drives me CRAZY (admittedly a short drive) when people come to the ER and they are of no help when it comes to the triage section, especially meds and allergies. I’m not talking about the old, demented people here; I’ll cut them some slack. I’m talking about the general population who have such little interest in their own medical care that they don’t know what medicines they are on, why they are on them, and don’t know which medicines they are allergic to.
I hear “I take the blue pill twice a day and the pink pill once a day … I don’t know why, but the doctor told me I should take them … no, I don’t have any medical problems, but I don’t know why I’m taking any of these meds … I’m allergic to some antibiotic, but I don’t know which one (coming in with an infection) …. ”
There should be a test when you fill or refill your prescriptions. If you don’t know the name of the medicine, and why you are taking it, either A) you don’t get it, or B) you are required to pay for a medical professional to give you your medicines every day as you apparently don’t have the intellectual capability to understand what is going on.
Thank you, vent over.
I’ve noticed that sometimes it is a lack of education to the patient. Many people are going to a Doc-in-a-box instead of a PCM or using ED’s as a Drs office and in these locations sometimes education is not as important. I’ve seen healthcare workers become very frustrated with those using the ED as a Docs office and would rather subscribe a med and hand them a library full of pre printed information about their condition than waste more time teaching them! Just my view of the area I am in.
Not subscribe. Prescribe!
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