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What types of patients do you have the most difficulty treating?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Respiratory Therapists interview

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Depending upon where you worked and your experience, you may have already encountered the worst of the worst! In an emergency setting or even in your every day pediatrician's office, you might have encountered a difficult personality or a scenario that caused a patient to resist treatment or give you an attitude. Draw from your experience and give an example of someone who was extra challenging for you. How did you handle it? What tools did you use to stay calm while interacting with a difficult personality? Show you are competent in handling those tough patients by explaining your reaction and how you helped through the situation.

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What types of patients do you have the most difficulty treating?
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ARDS patients, especially with COPD as well. I find these patients are the most difficult to mechanically ventilate.
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It gives us an accurate indicator of the seriousness of condition and how to act upon it.
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Sedated patients are harder to treat because it's harder to obtain a history from them.
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Uncooperative patient, or overly protective family members.
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I have not come across a situation I could not handle.
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The ones with family members who do not agree on treatment for patient and the patients who are continuously argumentative.
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Patients that are in ards, need a lot of vent support.
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The patients I would have the most difficulty treating would be the non compliant or combative patients. I am just here to give a treatment so they may be at a more comfortable state of being but it is always difficult when a patient is not working with you.
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Patients who are non-compliant and are not participating in their own care plan and recovery and as a result have repeated hospital stays and are very demanding to health care providers and want everything done for them; this can be frustrating and we see it a lot... But the best way is to just kill them with kindness and continue to explain treatments and care in a tactful, non-condesending way.
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All pts are different. I feel I have the proper training to treat any pt.
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I don't have difficulty treating any particular patients.
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Pediatrics and neonates due to the lack of experience during my clinical rotations. However, these types of patients are something I am willing to learn and gain experience from.
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I would say neonatal or paediatric patients, as i've spent the least time with this population. That is to say that if given the opportunity to practice more and interact more with this population group, I would most definitely become more confident in treating these patients.
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Patients who are very demanding and want everything done for them, although they are non-compliant with their care plan and treatments and as a result are frequent flyers; this can be frustrating.
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Infants, I have not much experience in that area.
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The family of the patients can b the most difficult part.
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Hard of hearing patients. I do not like to yell. But I am still able to treat them just like any of the other patients I treat.
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I've not experience any difficult patients.
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Those who think they shouldn't be treated.
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I don't really feel like I had trouble treating any particular type of patients or diseases but sometimes a patient who is not co-operating with his or her care is hard to treat.
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During my clinical rotations although all were very eye opening experiences if I had to claim a difficulty I would say patients in the ER just arriving and sometimes not in the right state of mine.
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Children. I believe as a mother, and as such a sympathetic person, it is hard for me to see children in pain. Even though these patients are the hardest for me to treat, I would be honored to be part of their care and recovery.
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I have the most difficulty with patients who I have grown to love.
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Difficult patients are the ones that have mental diseases because they sometimes don't understand and my feel harmed. I usually try and talk to them very calm and make sure they are aware of my every move.
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Those that are acutely confused.
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When they refuse treatment and become threatening about it.
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Pts who refuse to comply. If a pt refuses treatment, it makes it very difficult to help them.
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The most difficult patients I have a hard time treating are premature infants. I feel the sympathy whenever I see this infants having a hard time coping with their body as well as pain their feeling.

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