Have you ever looked at someone’s pupils and just thought, “what the heck are they on?”🤷🏻♀️🤔
As an experienced ED RN, I have become accustomed to looking at patient’s pupils and correlating their eyes with their actions. Not only does this protect you and your other patients, but it bodes well for charting. This is extremely important if the patient was involved in a crime, committed a crime or was tragically involved in a 10-50 (MVC). Chances are, you and your charting could get a subpoena and you may be called to testify in a court of law regarding: the patient’s demeanor, pupils, etc. Make sure that your charting tells a great story/presentation. Good charting should read like a good book…There should be a beginning, a middle and an end. Use free txt or narrative notes because most times, what the patient says “which you should be using direct quotes” is more than enough to help convince a jury if your patient is the perp of a crime. Legally, you need to ensure you are making nurse informed observations, not putting your own opinion into the charting. Documenting pupils will tell the story along with a positive toxicology screen and charting the patient’s demeanor.
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