Thursday, October 1, 2009

Am I On Candid Camera?

I'm covering for Dr. Outoftown the next 2 weeks.

So her office manager sent over a fax today that says "Patient Jan Junkie may call you for pain meds. DO NOT give her ANY Tylenol" (Paracetamol for my UK readers).

This was somewhat confusing, because she didn't clarify Tylenol with Codeine, or what. So I called the office to clear this up.

Dr. Grumpy: "Did Dr. Outoftown mean Tylenol with Codeine, or all pain meds, or what?"

Ms. Manager: "Just plain Tylenol. She doesn't get any narcotics."

Dr. Grumpy: "She can buy plain Tylenol at the store."

Ms. Manager: "I know. So don't give her any. She's not supposed to be taking it."

Dr. Grumpy: "But she can get it without me."

Ms. Manager: "Well, Dr. Outoftown says you shouldn't give her any if she calls."

Dr. Grumpy: "Don't worry."


I told the girls that if she shows up here, and asks us to give her Tylenol, we will NOT share any from the bottle back in the break room.


Anonymous said...

AAAHAAH! I think the people you happen to work with and around should be filmed. We'd all love some video footage...I can just imagine the timing for some of this.

Barb said...

Hmmm. I hoping that it's just that the office manager is confused and that Dr. Outoftown knows that her patient can get Tylenol OTC.

Amy said...

Feel like the conversation was about not giving her anything; not even tylenol as in generically stating a drug without addiction potential. However, we all know that people take things literally and often don't think about it.

modesty press said...

Tell all the counters not to provide any Tylenol.

The D-Bag Daily said...

On average, how many of those "palm to forehead" motions do you do in a day?

Anonymous said...

I'd feel more comfortable with the entire exchange if the the office had said "no tylenol #3, no tylenol #4" for her.

Otherwise it makes no sense.

Christine said...

How many times have you had a patient call/show up and ask for tylenol?

WhatWasIThinking, RN said...

You should have asked the office manager if acetaminophen would be okay!!

Anonymous said...

No wonder plain ordinary people come to the pharmacy counter with inane questions about what's in the box in their hand labeled
'Aspirin-Free Pain Reliever'.

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