Archives for May 5, 2005

Nurses hit by car in hospital parking lot: by (Alleged) Drug Seeker!

In Arlington: | 05/05/2005 | Nurses hit by car in hospital parking lot.

By Susan Schrock

Star-Telegram Staff Writer

ARLINGTON _ Two nurses were injured when they were struck Wednesday by a car driven by a 34-year-old woman in a Medical Center of Arlington parking lot, police said.

Witnesses told police the woman appeared to accelerate her car "up to 20 to 25 miles per hour" as she drove toward two nurses who were walking toward the hospital about 6:30 p.m., said Lt. Blake Miller, a police spokesman.

One nurse suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. Another nurse was taken by helicopter to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where she was listed Thursday in serious condition.

Witnesses detained the driver until police arrived. The woman was taken to JPS for emergency psychiatric evaluation and may face criminal charges in connection with the incident, which is still under investigation, Miller said.

Wow.  I always wonder what’s going to happen on the walk to my car (and I don’t work at the hospital where this happened).  My head is on a swivel to and from the car, looking for something.  Maybe I’m a paranoid, but I tell lots of drug seekers ‘no’, etc.

Here’s hoping these two nurses recover very quickly, and the driver gets what she deserves.

Update: Driver was (allegedly an) Angry Drug Seeker!

The driver was angered because a doctor at the hospital refused to
prescribe her a certain type of drug, according to sources at the

Galen’s Log: Use of Vancomycin in Loxosceles mersenius envenomation

Galen has quite the talent for tongue-in-cheek humor:  Galen’s Log: Use of Vancomycin in Loxosceles mersenius envenomation.

Despite intensifying research, Loxosceles mersenius remains an elusive  species.  Out of the 94% of patient reporting the spider bite, only 6 percent actually recall seeing a spider within a 48-36 hour window of noticing symptoms, and only a few samples have been submitted for research.  Detailed testing revealed the specimens to be mashed remains of garden variety house spiders, while another umbillical specimen turned out to be a benign (though albiet frightening appearing) collection of dark cotton/polyester blend fibers.

Though I don’t want to spoil the ending, not every human with an abscess has theirs caused by a spider bite.

I committed one of the ER Doc Sins Today

It’s never good when you get an after-hours call from the ED you work in.  There I was, enjoying my day off, when my wife hailed me: "It’s Doctor Lantz on the phone".

Lantz: "Hey, uh, we’ve got you penciled in today for the 5 PM shift, in place of Dr. X".

Me, looking at watch and noticing it’s 5:25: "Oh, phoo."  Remembers discussing trade with X, but no details emerge.

Lantz: "So, you won’t be here 25 minutes ago?"

Me: "I’ll be there as soon as I can."

Fortunately for me, he’s a reliable guy and did an excellent job covering my absence.  This is one of the Cardinal Sins of the ER Doc.  You can have one about once a year and not show up on the radar, and that’s about my score to date.

Some of you are asking yourselves, "How can you forget to go to work?"  The answer is seven shift start times and no set pattern of shift days off or on, plus the inevitable trades.  That’s how.

So, yes, I screwed up and it bothers me.  Confession is supposed to be good for the soul, or the conscience, or something.

First Nursing-Only Blog Carnival: Thinking Nurse

Link: Thinking Nurse.

This is it! The very first carnival dedicated to the ways of thinking, feeling and acting we call ‘nursing’, an activity of ‘Head and Heart and Hand’, the place where science and art meet, clash and fuse in the strange and wonderful synthesis of daily life.

Seems veddy British. It’ll be interesting to see if specialty-specific blogging becomes more in vogue. (I’m against it, for the record).