Archives for November 3, 2006

Bad Night

aka, don’t check your mail during a shift:

Bad Night:I was going to blog about this stab wound guy in much more vivid details with xrays of the taser leads still stuck in his chest, pictures of my finger in his heart, the fine mattress sutures I threw down and everything. But after seeing this letter, and especially after saving the life of this scumbag just a few minutes earlier, it all makes me feel so ill I wanna puke. God, now I gotta walk back into the ED and see more patients.”

British Police patrol ED to find and fine abusive patients

This is interesting, and more than a little sad:

Manchester Evening NewsPATIENTS who abuse staff at a Greater Manchester hospital will become the first in the country to face an £80 fine in a crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

Police will patrol the accident and emergency unit at the Royal Bolton Hospital for three months in a bid to prevent aggressive and threatening behaviour.

They will issue penalty notices for disorder inside the hospital and arrest any patients or relatives who physically attack staff.

The scheme follows shocking new figures which show staff across Greater Manchester are physically attacked on average five times a day – suffering 2,000 assaults last year.


But Bolton medics say this is the tip of the iceberg and they also face a barrage of verbal abuse and antisocial behaviour.

“Nobody should have to put up with that kind of behaviour in their workplace and it also causes distress for other patients and visitors in the department.”

We have the same thing in the US, horribly entitled, horrible people who know that they can’t be removed from the ED until their MSE is completed, and behave in a manner that would get them thrown out of any other place.  (I’m not talking about patients with uncompensated psychiatric problems here, nor those experiencing delirium).

It’s not all patients, a tiny few, but they make the job less enjoyable (and occasionally more dangerous) for us all.