Sunday, December 10, 2006

Nobody loves you when you're down and out

Just about done for the day. Not much exciting has come to pass, which is generally good. I almost got on my high horse, however, when I overheard the following conversation:

Doctor -- "I can't figure out if this guy's chest pain is cardiac, or not.."
Nurse -- "Well, it doesn't really matter; he's breached anyway" (i.e, he's been in the department longer than 4 hours, so counts against us as a statistic)

Now call me old fashioned, but it seems to me that the nature of his chest pain is important, regardless of how long he's been in my ED. (High horse positive)

I know what was meant - which was that making a rapid decision is no longer important - for the Department - as he has already moved into the breach column on the great government ledger... so beloved by that bitch Hewitt... but it still distresses me that we are beginning to think like that. People's care should come first - and I accept that trying to minimise time in the ED is one way of trying to improve that care, but it shouldn't be the first thing we think of. Dammit!

As for vanity... I have discovered a link to my blog on another blogonaut's blogroll. Makes me feel loved. Perhaps I need to get out more?


kd said...

my friend is a nurse and recently had to lift a 400 pound man on to the table. in their down time they rent movies. hmmmm

Medblog Addict said...

Love your blog. If I had a blogroll, you’d be on it. For some reason, I am leaving here with the phrase “It should be on your list of colours you're glad you aren't...” stuck in my head. I am going to have to find a way to incorporate that into a post on my own blog. Would it be inappropriate to ask you to post a picture of the t-shirt? Just kidding. It’s questions like that that have caused me to consider banning myself from commenting on other people’s blogs. Thanks for stopping by my blog. The book you recommended is on my Christmas wish list.