Patient Advocate

Patient Advocate

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  • Hi, I'm Nurse John! Mr. Jake Smith had an pulmonary mass removed for biopsy. He has a Morphine PCA to control his pain but his girlfriend doesn't think he is in pain. As a patient advocate, it's my duty to ensure the patient has the ability to control his pain without interference.
  • He's not in pain, he's faking. He doesn't need morphine and he'll get addicted.
  • Mr. Smith, it looks like you are in pain. Have you been using your pain button?
  • Mr. Smith really looks like he's not faking. The medication is prescribed to control his pain and he has the right to take the medication unless his physician specifies otherwise.
  • That may be but only he can make the decision to use the medication or not. I can have the physician and social worker come by and explain everything if you would like.
  • I know him better. He doesn't need morphine.
  • Hey Dr. Jones, My patient in room 315 that has a Morphine PCA pump is in pain and his girlfriend has been interfering with his ability to push his pain button. She thinks he is faking and he will get addicted. Can you talk to her about the situation? I'll page social work to join you.
  • Yes, I was able to get the push button in his hands and he pushed it voluntarily. After that, he's pain decreased and he stated he felt much better.
  • Absolutely! Let me know when social work arrives. Is his pain being managed?
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