My thought for you this week – “It’s not always what you think”. Something to think about when dealing with patients is that the obvious is not always the answer. In fact this is true not only for first responders but for the general public as well
The person who is stumbling about and slurring there words may not be a drunk or a drug addict but someone who has low blood sugar or has had (or is in the process of having) a stroke.
A person who is agitated & hyperventilating may not necessarily be a someone who is in need of psychiatric evaluation but could be someone dealing with a respiratory or cardiac event.
Someone preventing with a dry, unproductive, non-stop cough but no signs of wheezing could, infact, have a form of asthma (cough-variant asthma).
The thing to remember is to not jump to the obvious as the answer. Take a step back and look at the big picture. Look at all the symptoms that are presenting, even the less obvious ones.
I’m writing this as a part of the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Diane from Part Time Monster