ex-girl (eelpot) wrote in little_details,

Needle phobia and the E&A

A little detail that has been bugging me for over a week now:

If a guy has a phobia for needles strong enough to keep ripping out his IV at the hospital, will he be sedated or put in four point restraints?

Location: UK, present time

Searched for: "IV needle phobia" "ER needle phobia" "A&E needle phobia" "needle phobia restraints"

Details: the patient is under arrest when he is brought to the emergency room because of a two days old gunshot wound to his leg and high fever. He is cooperative, but cannot stand the sight of needles and puts up a fight when they try to put in the IV.

He is weak, skinny and generally out of shape, and the fever makes him even weaker, which is why I'm unsure whether they would sedate him, like I've read is often done with patients with dementia or psych-conditions.
Tags: uk: health care and hospitals, ~medicine: drugs, ~medicine: injuries: gunshot wounds

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