OKERMudPhud said:You come in to the hospital to start your shift and hear a STAT overhead page to send any available stretchers, beds, or wheelchairs in the hospital to the ED
Chris_Topher said:Bad Sign when you arrive for your shift and your patient from last night is still waiting for a bed on the floor. Gee, hope none of my patients TONIGHT need a bed.
When your shift ended three hours ago, your wife is just returning from out of town and you are still stuck at the ED with multiple critical patients.
Seaglass said:Dude, that's what signout is for!
There are times when I'm glad I no longer work in a trauma center. This is one of them.FoughtFyr said:Actually, I couldn't, this was the "perfect storm". Multiple helicoptors from several MVCs had the trauma bays full, and the badness hit right around shift change at a time when the staffing would be reduced (i.e., I had no one coming in to relieve me). Plus, recent turnover of off-service rotators, so all of the ED type folks held over to help out.
Got out three hours late. Not so bad except I'm back on now (7 hours off).
I suppose my "you know it's a bad sign when..." should've read - "... the helicoptors are circling in a "holding pattern" waiting their turn to land 20 minutes before shift change."
docB said:It's a bad sign when you pull up to the ER and there's a naked guy leaning up against the wall having a smoke. It's an even worse sign that I'm so burnt out that I just walked right past him and didn't say a word.
It's a bad sign when you pull up to the ER and a helo is hovering waiting for the previous helo to clear the pad.
It's a bad sign when you see two guys from engineering coming out of the staff bathroom soaked and dripping from head to foot yelling at each other.