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3 +1 patients last shift. One good sign that I’m doing the right thing is that my patients’ relatives start to ask me to check their vital signs. I always agree to do it cheerfully because it opens opportunities to make my job easier and also teach them how to take care of themselves and each other.

Today I was fooling around with the gadgets and “shot” my patient’s wife with the thermometer gun. Surprisingly, the gun beeped indicating she had a fever. I thought it was an error because maybe I wasn’t using the device properly. To confirm, I shot her again and she really was running a low grade fever. After a short interview, I gathered that she wasn’t drinking enough fluids and was probably dehydrated. She said her urine was full on yellow, normally it should just have a pale yellowish tinge. I asked her to get a full shower and challenged her to drink a liter of water for the rest of the day. At the end of the shift, she was back to normal. +1 accidental patient discharged.

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