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Is It Wise To Let A Walk-in Clinic Nurse Diagnose Copd And Prescribe Inhalers?

Is It Wise To Let A Walk-in Clinic Nurse Diagnose Copd And Prescribe Inhalers?

We took my husband to a walk-in clinic today with symptoms of one of his regular UTIs, been down this road several times, but the nurse said she didn't like the sound of Bill's sinus cough and she diagnosed him with chronic bronchitis and ordered a steroid inhaler for him. After being in here for a few years, I got concerned about her DX. Thankfully, it had to be ordered by the pharmacy so I said, Hold off on that till I ask some more questions. Research showed me that a pulmonologist should be… read more

10 days ago
A MyCOPDTeam Member

You don't need to fill the prescription and you don't have to use it if you do fill it. If his sinus issues are typical for him and you haven't noticed anything unusual about his cough, then I wouldn't get very excited about this situation. NPs can prescribe under the supervision of a doc, so she didn't do anything wrong. Chronic or acute bronchitis is diagnosed regularly by primary care physicians; you don't need a pulmonologist to make the diagnosis. The steroid inhaler probably wouldn't do any harm even if he did use it; inhaled steroids don't have the side effects of oral steroids, and certainly not in the short term. It's good to be concerned, but this situation isn't anything to get really upset about.

I hope he got the antibiotics he needed for his UTI! That's probably way more important than the other issue.

9 days ago
A MyCOPDTeam Member

I'm not so sure of that seeing a pulmonologist. I saw mine this past week & have decided not to go back to her. For the little she does my primary care Dr. does more for me.

1 day ago
A MyCOPDTeam Member

well maybe listen to her but still go to a long doctor and he will refer you to the heart and ent doc's

4 days ago
A MyCOPDTeam Member

@A MyCOPDTeam Member Howdy ! My husband has a very good ARNP...she's a great physician's Asst. And they can prescribe meds. My husband's doc. found his stroke when one er doc couldn't, so I decided to start going to her myself. Maybe your husband has allergies, if he's doing what you said about his sinuses. But by all means take him to his regular doc but ask if he should see the pulmonologist as well. It wouldn't hurt ! And those UTI's, start having him drink cranberry juice not alot because of the sugar in it, but cranberry juice has it's own natural antibiotics in it so it could help. Or try low cal ! I hope he gets to feel better soon !

9 days ago
A MyCOPDTeam Member

@A MyCOPDTeam Member , Without a doubt get a 2nd opinion and get it from a Pulmonologist! That's just my Opinion!

9 days ago

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