This question is for all the medical people out there and the non-medical people who have a lot of medical procedure knowledge:
What is the procedure in your areas should a visitor in an ICU overdose on narcotics while visiting the patient in ICU – i.e. in the room with the ICU patient who is on a vent? I am sure the patient will be saved because this is what medical personnel do? They are trained to save lives immediately.
- Where is the new patient sent? I.e. there to an ICU bed, the emergency room/department, etc?
- Are the police called? If the police are called, is the person arrested? (I can’t see why they would be arrested, but different laws are in each state, sometimes in each county of said state.)
- How is the person who overdosed allowed to interact with the patient, especially if they are a decision maker for the ICU patient? Do you have someone stay in the room with them? Is security called to stay with them? Are they permitted to see the ICU patient at all after overdosing in said patient’s room?
I know what is supposed to happen in my state and know what happens in several different counties, but, as was said earlier, each state/commonwealth is different. I need to know the different practices so I can choose which one to use in my current story. Just so you understand, my plan is not to detail the practice, I just need an overview of what happens and will not use any names or list any states of where said practices happen. If you are uncomfortable in giving me this information, I highly understand because of the current state of national and world affairs. However, it doesn’t hurt to ask questions. If you like, you may just send me an e-mail with a link to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks in advance to any who help me with this question.