MINNEAPOLIS, MN – In a brilliant moment of decisiveness, confidence, and courage, new star intern, Dr. Lauren Brighteyed, checked liver function tests (LFTs) prior to writing her first order: Tylenol.
Dr. Brighteyed started her first morning as an internal medicine intern ready to face the day, and save some lives. So when the nurse called to ask for pain medication for room 1976, Dr. Brighteyed was ready!
“I thought ‘Hmm, that patient probably wants some Dilaudid,’ but then I remembered all the Gomerblog articles sharing the dangers of Dilaudid. Then I thought about ibuprofen or naproxen, but was worried because they were on her allergy list. Finally, a Tylenol-shaped light bulb went off! Fortunately, I remembered learning about Tylenol and potential hepatotoxicity, so I ordered STAT LFTs. Eight hours later, when I finally had time to check the results, they were fine. So I wrote my first order: Tylenol.”
Nurse Ann didn’t have the heart to tell Dr. Brighteyed that she had already discharged the patient after treating her pain with tramadol. Which was perfect, since the intern hasn’t learned how to log into Epic.