Watching drama unfold as your patient’s wife comes to visit your patient when his concerned girlfriend is already at bedside. All your thinking is ” crap, do I have to call security soon?”
It turns out I didn’t have to call security, because the ladies were aware of each other. The girlfriend just went over her allotted time. Yeah, are you shocked over the girlfriend part or the allotted time part?
This is why when I see multiple people in a patient’s room, I never assume it’s a girlfriend, wife or friend. I just ask ” are we family?” And let them tell me what the relationship is. Sometimes its easier if the answer is provided for you.
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