The question is I'm on a clinical rotation in the emergency department as a medical clerk, and I noticed that my preceptor is intoxicated. What do I do? So first of all, I would have to verify that my preceptor is indeed intoxicated as sometimes medical emergencies can present as intoxication if he is having a bed if he is a having a medical emergency, I would get him help right away. However, if he is actually drunk first of all, I would see if he is in any
Uncle isn't is in is in need of any medical care due to being drunk. If so, I would help him find it. If not, I would find a way to get him safely home such as by using a taxi or having someone drive him. I recognize that this would created the issue of potentially not having any preceptors at the hospital. So I would have to find a solution for that situation as I am not a doctor or a resident yet. I'm not sure what the procedure would be in such a situation, but I would follow any
Hospital guidelines that may exist
as well as Consulting other mentors to figure out how to best resolve that situation ensuring that
there is a preceptor present who is able to perform their duties as preceptor.
Ensuring safety for all the patients and the other staff members. Thank you.