Friday, March 26, 2010

Bring On the Cavalry

The other night, security had just finished installing a new panic button at the triage desk and decided to test it. These buttons, placed in strategic spots throughout the ER, cause an automated voice to request immediate help at that particular location. When they go off, staff generally drop everything and run to aid a co-worker.

What security did not realize was that a large group of us were waiting to punch out on the other side of the waiting room doors. As soon as the panic alarm went off, a mob of roughly 20 scrub-clad individuals flooded the triage desk looking for trouble.

Said the patient registering with the nurse: "Damn."

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