Ways To Tell You’ve Spent Too Much Time In The ED

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    When your patients start remarking that you look worse than them and do you want a place to sit for a minute.

    God I wish my patients offered me a chair. Usually their clothes are in one, their bag is in another, the stool has grandma on it.....


    I sit on the stretcher now unless they're covered in something moist.
     

    EM2BE

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      God I wish my patients offered me a chair. Usually their clothes are in one, their bag is in another, the stool has grandma on it.....


      I sit on the stretcher now unless they're covered in something moist.

      That is only on rare occasion they offer. And only when I'm pretty much coughing in their faces. I can't help it if their remnants of cigarette smoke set me off. :p I think the last time I was offered was almost a year ago. You are right about the rest of the belongings/visitors taking over chairs.
       

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        Nope, Wrote that on a run report. Didn't get in trouble with the QA/QI department.

        Never was brave enough to try that one... I'm guessing I would have ended up in some mandatory sensitivity training. That said, I definitely transferred care to the ER one day by (quietly) telling the triage RN that the patient's c/c was "status hispanicus."

        I'll add one from my time in EMS -- you've spent too much time in the ED when you consider it acceptable to respond to a coworker's request about how your night is going by threatening to destroy your workplace:

        me, calling in a patient from the ambulance: Hey, ***, how are things going over there?
        Charge RN ***: Awful. Terrible. I'm going to firebomb this place and start over.

        ^ favorite of one of the charge nurses I used to work with. Every time I called and she answered it was some variation on this theme, ha.
         
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