Thursday, August 13, 2009

Why Don't We Do It In The Road?

You know it's not going to be a good night when I round the corner to the Big City ED, only to find an ambulance and police car parked on the street, surrounded by a crowd of officers, ED staff, and onlookers with nothing better to do.  Elbowing my way through the crowd, I see a medic and one of the nurses trying to calm a hysterical woman.  Turning to one of the techs standing outside, I asked what happened.

Unsatisfied with her inability to score narcotics, the patient ripped out her IV, started screaming, and proceeded to knock over chairs as she stormed out of the waiting room.  Once outside, she promptly decided to lay down in the middle of the street.

Shockingly, this behavior did not convince the physician to prescribe her pain killers.

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