"Poor advice from NHS 111"
About: North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust Bolton BL1 5DD
Posted by ketchup (as ),
My husband has recently had a hip replacement. The lower part of his wound became red hot inflamed yesterday, and our surgery number advised calling 111. The girl I spoke to was very nice and pleasant, arranged for a GP visit, but finished by advising that he should try elevating his leg. Orthopaedic advice is not to raise the affected limb above 90degrees for 6 weeks. As a nurse I would never follow this advice, because of the risk of dislocation of the prosthesis. An another example of an algorithm which gives incorrect advice?