“As I work in the Geriatric Special Care Dentistry Clinic (GSDC), I am always on the lookout for visual cues from patients indicating that they may need help.”
My experience working as a nurse for many years has trained me to always be on the lookout for visual cues from patients indicating that they may need help. This is especially crucial as I work in the Geriatric Special Care Dentistry Clinic (GSDC), where many of my elderly patients display non-verbal cues due to stroke, disability or other medical conditions.
I recall one occasion where I noticed a patient looking slightly pale and sweaty. I suspected that he had low blood sugar and, together with a colleague, we intervened and saved him from slipping into a diabetic coma. This is what I was taught to do as a nurse: I must always be in action.
Ramah Prabah D/O Ramasamy Senior Enrolled Nurse National Dental Centre Singapore
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