Recently I was looking over CPD assessments for drug misuse services. A question which came up was how to deal with a small child who had come into the pharmacy with a methadone user. The child, usually very talkative, was quiet and had a bruise across their face. On questioning the user said the child had fallen.
When I looked at the answers as to what could/should be done it was very difficult to pick out a clear answer. I guess in life there is no set answer, sometimes you have to 'go with the flow'.
When all avenues lead to a void it is easy to give up. Just because the parent is an addict alone does not mean they caused the injury. However, with the extra details regarding the child - a change in behaviour in particular - it seems negligent not to act in their best interests and find out more. Truly there is no set way to deal with this scenario.
This question highlighted to me the fact that on the job unlikely patients may present themselves.
As far as I am aware first aid is not compulsory CPD. Maybe it should be? I'm sure the general public currently feel safer being administered first aid in a pharmacy rather than anywhere else on the high street.
What do you think?
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