Healthcare students - what happens in this situation ?

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I’m a first year nurse and don’t know much and just trying to work out this scenario for an upcoming placement

If someone with a severe drug addiction (eg.heroin) was rushed into hospital for an unexpected stay, how do they combat the withdrawals ? Do they just let them have heroin, or give them methadone or something else ?
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I’m a first year nurse and don’t know much and just trying to work out this scenario for an upcoming placement

If someone with a severe drug addiction (eg.heroin) was rushed into hospital for an unexpected stay, how do they combat the withdrawals ? Do they just let them have heroin, or give them methadone or something else ?
You wouldn't give them more herion to treat there overdose of it - the doctors will prescribe the best course of action for the patient with perhaps methadone.
As a student nurse you'll be watching & learning from experience staff on this and if you went into say A&E or work a ward as a qualified nurse you'll then be able to treat the patient like you described with the prescribed medications stated by the doctors that treating the patient.
I attached a abstract from the NHS website on this.
I am nurse with NHS Scotland ( midwife ) .
You do deal with all sorts of patients as part of the job x
Research the NHS website on this as you'll learn more on this from there.


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