Fillers A memorable patient

Bella and the blood sample

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 28 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:497
  1. Justin Stebbing, registrar,
  2. Frances Gotch, head of department,
  3. Brian Gazzard, professor of medicine
  1. department of immunology, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London

    She didn't speak any English and had a terrible temper after a recent probable stroke, so taking a blood sample was going to be particularly problematic. A longstanding needle phobia was one of the least serious issues. It was felt that the best policy would be to sedate her first, and we discussed this while she sat there grumbling. Her favourite drink was Coca-cola, although she rarely had it, so we placed a small amount of a benzodiazepine in a mugful. She spat out the first mouthful disdainfully, and the second. …

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