When a patient comes in to your ER complaining of a heroin overdose, you might want to keep an eye on them, too.
There are times when a patient might have taken their own opioids in the past, and you may not be aware of them.
And, you can sometimes use these drugs as a way to help your ER staff.
The best way to handle these situations is to keep the patient away from the heroin and give them a few minutes to calm down.
Here’s how to do it. 1.
Ask the patient if they want you to take them back to the hospital.
It might be tempting to just say, “OK, I’ll give you one more shot,” but it might not be the right thing to do.
If you have to leave the room for any reason, that might be too dangerous to give them to someone who has already overdosed.
If they want to stay, they should stay with you and talk to you about the situation, but they need to be at a safe distance.
If someone else is at the hospital with them, you have the right to say, ‘OK, you need to go home.’
“You should also let them know that you will call 911 if they get out of hand.
If there are drugs or syringes in the room, make sure they’re clean.
There’s a lot of room in the ER to take care of your own medication.
It can be tempting at first to take the chance of getting the patient to cough up more of the stuff, but that may not actually help them get better.
It could just make them more likely to try again.
If a patient’s blood pressure drops, the ER can take care to put a syringe in their nose, which can help them to get some air.
If it’s an overdose, there are many ways to help.
The safest way to do this is to just administer Narcan, which is an opioid antidote.
It’s usually given to people who are overdosing on heroin or methamphetamines, and it will stop the drug from taking effect.
If your ER is staffed with paramedics, it’s a good idea to ask them to come in with you, as well.
You can also call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
If this isn’t an option, you may want to call your local police department to make sure the police are on the lookout for the person who took the drugs.
If the patient doesn’t have an opioid prescription, give them Narcan.
This is important because you don’t want them to take their own, and if they do, they may still be using heroin or other drugs.
If that’s the case, you’ll want to administer Narcaine, which contains the opioid antagonist naloxone.
It also stops the drug in its tracks.
If an overdose isn’t treated quickly, it can take a while to make the person feel better.
If fentanyl is still in the bloodstream, you should also give them some OxyContin or Vicodin to help them sleep.
Give them an injection to calm them down.
Some patients may need multiple doses of Narcine to get the pain under control.
If opioids are still in their system, they can still take them in small doses in the morning.
If Narcines are prescribed, make the dose of Narcolepsy Medication (NAMO) a bit smaller than what the patient has been taking.
If NAMO is prescribed, try to keep it in the lower half of the dose so that it’s more effective than the opioids.
Tell them to stay in their room.
This could be a good thing to try if you have a long wait in the lobby, or if they’re getting more and more agitated.
They may not want to wait in a long room with someone else who may not have the patience to take time out to listen to you.
And you don�t want to be there if you don?t feel like you know what to do when someone is having a problem.
Ask them if they have any questions.
And make sure you have someone there to help you if they need any assistance.
Talk to your patient.
You need to make every effort to help the person with the overdose.
Ask about the person’s family and friends.
Tell the person that you care about and are going to try to get to the bottom of what happened.
Be sure to tell them that you want to help and that they have a lot to worry about.
Ask what they need and why they need it.
And try to listen carefully to what they have to say.
Talk with your patient about their options.
Tell your patient if you want them back at home or to get help at home.
Be willing to let your patient know that if they don�’t want to go to rehab, they shouldn’t worry about their treatment.
You should do the same.