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What should you tell a patient that blames being intoxicated for their accident?



A. "Why didn't t you get someone else to drive you?"
B. "Tell me how you feel about the accident."
C. "You should know better than to drink and drive."
D. "I recommend that you attend an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting."
Asked by Archie, Last updated: May 11, 2020

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Christian Jackson

Christian Jackson, Content Developer, Austin

Answered Aug 10, 2018

When this situation occurs, you need to be calm. You do not want to provoke the patient even though you know that being intoxicated is obviously the cause of the accident. You can go with letter B. Say “Tell me how you feel about the accident.”

This will help the patient loosen up a bit. It would prompt the person to say his part of the story. It will allow you to understand the patient better. At the same time, you can let the patient know that you care about what the patient has gone through. There are so many responses that can be provided by people when they are asked this question.

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 08, 2016

\"tell me how you feel about the accident.\" -rationale: an open-ended statement or question is the most therapeutic response. it encourages the widest range of client responses, makes the client an active participant in the conversation, and shows the client that the nurse is interested in his feelings. asking the client why he drove while intoxicated can make him feel defensive and intimidated. a judgmental approach isnt therapeutic. by giving advice, the nurse suggests that the client isnt capable of making decisions, thus fostering dependency.
 

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