Friday, May 1, 2009

Drive Through Emergency Medicine

Even before Wolf Blitzer's Pandemicfest 2009 launched stampedes to local ERs, waiting times in emergency departments across the country were already painfully long.  As the system continues to be weighed down by newly uninsured victims of the recession, ER closures, inpatient bed reductions and any of the other challenges facing health care, the backlog of patients will only increase.

Fed up with waiting?  You could follow the example of a North Dakota man, who overdosed on prescription medication and, while naked, crashed his pickup truck into an ER waiting room (thankfully no one was hurt).  Sure he was arrested, but that's one guaranteed method for jumping to the front of the line.

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