Sunday, May 13, 2012

No Filters

I have had people call 911 from the waiting room on many occasions, usually by disgruntled individuals with relatively non-urgent complaints who felt that their problem deserved attention ahead of minor complaints such as chest pain.  Mostly by people who were not as sick as they thought they were.  Some who thought, erroneously, that they would be magically whisked into the back door and immediately ensconsed in a comfy bed, or taken to another hospital.  Never, ever have I had an 11 year old female do it for attention.

(Heard on police scanner):  "Got a 911 hang up from XXX st., the ER.  Came from a phone in the waiting room".

Me:  "WTF"??


Tonja said...

Hahaha! I've had patients call from their rooms in the ICU requesting ice chips....or to say we're holding them in jail.

Cartoon Characters said...

Interestingly enough, I actually get calls from patients in the ER while they are waiting to be seen.

I triage them over the phone, and often send them home with home treatment suggestions! :)

You're welcome! :)

EDNurseasauras said...

Thanks to liability issues i regret that the only information or advice i can offer is that we are happy to see you if you feel your condition requires immediate evaluation. Yep that covers it