Catherine is a 20-year old homeless woman,who is well known

Catherine is a 20-year old homeless woman,who is well known to the emergency department (ED). Catherine has been admitted to the ED following the development of an abscess on her left side gluteus maximus. She states, to Nancy the RN, that she developed the abscess due to staying at a friend’s house for one night a few weeks ago. Nancy has seen Catherine on numerous occasions in the ED and is aware of her regular IV drug and alcohol use and feels that the injury may be as a result of injecting drugs into the area.During this visit Catherine has mentioned to Nancy that she maybe pregnant. Catherine currently lives in a women’s shelter and is concerned as she doesn’t want to bring a baby up within a shelter environment. Nancy discusses her concerns regarding the uncertainty of Catherine’s sexually transmitted disease (STD) status and the possible need for surgical intervention, with a senior colleague Sammy. Sammy agrees that Catherine may need surgical intervention and contacts the surgical registrar for review. Sammy also feels that while

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