I got in an accident and my car is destroyed! I can't breathe and my leg hurts but I need to call my husband so he can figure out what to do with our car!
My name is Carl and I am a nurse at Seattle Grace Hospital. I know that you are worried about your husband and car, but right now we need to get you to the hospital to assess any injuries you may have.
*Hyperventilating* My leg hurts so much! I think it's broken!
I understand that your leg hurts, but your breathing pattern is concerning. Assessing your airway is our priority.
The doctor said that the X-ray showed no fractures on your leg and it was only a sprain. Thankfully we were able to get your airway assessed and under control. You are well on your way to recovery!
Yes, thank you so much for helping me keep calm. I can breathe again!
Nurse Carl Prioritizes
Pain and fractures will certainly be addressed, but the most concerning and the top priority is the patient's airway.
All concerns were addressed in order of priority and the patient is happy and stable.