Beetles

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I have a question about handoff etiquette.

Let's say you page the intern on-call to sign off. They call back and give you their location. You go right away but when you arrive, they're not there and instead are in a patient room doing an H&P. The patient is stable in the ED. Do you wait until they are done or do you somehow signal them out of the room?

Obviously, this happened to me. Thoughts?
 
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Moving this to general residency thread!
 

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I have a question about handoff etiquette.

Let's say you page the intern on-call to sign off. They call back and give you their location. You go right away but when you arrive, they're not there and instead are in a patient room doing an H&P. The patient is stable in the ED. Do you wait until they are done or do you somehow signal them out of the room?

Obviously, this happened to me. Thoughts?
In the absence of an unstable patient, their priority should be to get you out of the hospital on time.
 

Crayola227

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I have a question about handoff etiquette.

Let's say you page the intern on-call to sign off. They call back and give you their location. You go right away but when you arrive, they're not there and instead are in a patient room doing an H&P. The patient is stable in the ED. Do you wait until they are done or do you somehow signal them out of the room?

Obviously, this happened to me. Thoughts?
it's OK to pop your head in there and say, "excuse me for interuppting Dr. ____, ready for sign out whenever you are. I'll be _____ location.

This can allow them to finish up and meet you sooner as they should, or **** you off cuz that's what they're gonna do. Most people end up in the place where they know what this feels like so they don't do it to others.

anyway, yes, it's OK to gently interrupt your colleagues about some things
 
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