When is the ER the slowest?

Discussion in 'Emergency Medicine' started by shaggybill, Aug 22, 2006.

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  1. shaggybill

    shaggybill 10+ Year Member

    Jul 8, 2004
    The Sunny South
    Hi gang, it's your friendly neighbourhood noobie here to ask y'all some more questions. Specifically, when is the ER the slowest in terms of patients? I'd like to volunteer in the ER (for several reasons, this being just one) during the slowest shifts so I can pester the charge nurse about getting me a job as an ER Tech once I have my EMT certificate (at the end of October) without interrupting her work.

    Actually, I'm just going to be real friendly and very helpful and mention how I'd like to have more responsibilities and hey! I'm going to be an EMT next month. Have any job openings for me in here? *nudge nudge*
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  3. Blue Dog

    Blue Dog Fides et ratio. SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    South of disorder.
    Try any Saturday night, especially during a full moon. When you arrive, be sure to comment loudly to anyone around about how QUIET it is. That'll clinch it. ;) :thumbup:
  4. GeneralVeers

    GeneralVeers Globus Hystericus 10+ Year Member

    Mar 19, 2005
    Las Vegas

    You forgot the part about ducking as you say it, to avoid the blunt objects hurled at you by nurses.
  5. Seaglass

    Seaglass Quantum Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 25, 2003
    Winston Salem, NC
    Monday night with 20 people in the waiting room and 20 people waiting for beds upstairs.
  6. MossPoh

    MossPoh Textures intrigue me 7+ Year Member

    Apr 24, 2006
    Tally/Willkillya County
    When I was shadowing the quietest times were somewhat random but there seemed to be a bit of a wave around the time I'd consider just after breakfast that'd go through till about 2 p.m. and then a slight pause and then more people would come in for their pain killers right after dinner.
  7. Dr.McNinja

    Dr.McNinja Nobel War Prize Winner SDN Moderator 10+ Year Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    It is quietest when you aren't there. Doesn't matter who you are. That's just how it works.
  8. shaggybill

    shaggybill 10+ Year Member

    Jul 8, 2004
    The Sunny South
    Yeah...after I hit Submit I realized it was a pretty dumb question. I dont guess anyone can really say when the ER is going to be slow.

    Seaglass, did you go to med school at Wake?
  9. Shodddy18

    Shodddy18 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 15, 2004
    Its the quietest when there are only a few patients there silly!
  10. GeneralVeers

    GeneralVeers Globus Hystericus 10+ Year Member

    Mar 19, 2005
    Las Vegas
    At a county hospital I never can predict. Seems the neighborhood crack addicts don't have routine sleep, fight, overdose schedules, so it can be quiet or crazy at any time.

    When I worked in a nice community hospital Sundays were great. I'd sit and drink coffee and read the paper.....until 10 AM. It seems that towards the end of church the old people would start passing out or getting chest pain.

    There was always a second rush at noon, as church finished, and people got bored and decided to come to the ER.
  11. southerndoc

    southerndoc life is good Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor 10+ Year Member

    Jun 6, 2002
    Our slowest times seem to be from 3am-9am. Anytime other than that and it's a zoo.
  12. Apollyon

    Apollyon Screw the GST Lifetime Donor 10+ Year Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    When I volunteered in college, that's what I always said - on Sunday, some people go to King's Dominion or Carowinds, and others watch football or NASCAR, and the rest come to the ED for kicks.
  13. mlw03

    mlw03 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 15, 2003
    during my limited experience as a student I would agree that the early morning hours have been the slowest. by 3-4 am it seems like we'd finally clear out the waiting room, and then it's only a trickle until mid-morning. so we use those early morning hours to practice starting IVs on each other!!
  14. Pose

    Pose Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2004
    At my community ED, it's slowest from 3am-11am. It's also fairly slow on Sunday.
  15. DrQuinn

    DrQuinn My name is Neo Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 6, 2000
    We are on track to see about 78k a year (adults only), our slowest times are probably 4a-7a... the patients we do see around then have been waiting for several hours with their tooth pain, rash, and sore throat. You can knock those patients out pretty quickly which makes for a nice time.

  16. doctawife

    doctawife Rocephin is for wimps 5+ Year Member

    Mar 6, 2006
    Houston, TX
    At our children's EC, we have pretty much the same pattern. Only sometimes the parents get fed up 'round about 5am and leave our waiting room to go to the waiting room of their pedi. Or they just stick around to scream at us. The physician in chief of the hospital always rolls around at about 6:30a, so sometimes he gets to see.

    Which is just lovely.

    Our wait times are so bad that JAHCO has made us redo our EC like three times in four years. We're like the freeway system; build it and they will come.
  17. Pose

    Pose Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2004

    I work (as a tech) for an ED that sees roughly 45-50k, I think. It must be hell, or staffed very well.
  18. lucky_deadman

    lucky_deadman Working Class Hero 5+ Year Member

    Aug 6, 2006
    Southeast USA
    Probably a lot of both.
  19. EctopicFetus

    EctopicFetus Keeping it funky enough 10+ Year Member

    May 3, 2004
    LAC+USC sees like 220K and Cook County like 135K... Nuts..
  20. totalbodypain

    totalbodypain banana bag in hand 10+ Year Member

    185 K here....Mostly hell. If we have staff they have been on vacation since I started....
  21. roja

    roja 7+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2003
    NYC--->San Francisco
    We see about 120K at our level one. It is impossible to predict when it will be 'quiet' but easier to determine when it is going to be a zoo (mondays are horrid and saturday night is usually a mess as well)

    At our level 2 hospital, we see about 65K (we consider it our slow hospital) during the week it pretty consistantly is slow between 2-3a and 6am. However, there are times when it goes bonkers there as wekll.

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