If not, why?
My family practice clinic runs an all-day walk-in as well. Last week a lady came in with unstable angina and was carted away to the hospital by ambulance. After she left, I started thinking that I had no idea where the ambu bag was kept. I know where the O2 and masks are but not the bag. I asked the office manager and she said they don't have one. (I've been there for 10 months and all this time I assumed they had one....guess the old addage about assumptions is right...when you assume you make an "a$$ out of you and me" :imbar
) I asked one of the the head docs why not and he said something about not needing it and that if someone does stop breathing at the clinic the ambulance can be there within 3 minutes. He didn't want to assume the legal responsibility of having to resuscitate someone and if we have an ambu bag we are liable.
I asked if we could at least have those disposable masks for doing mouth to mouth. He said he would look into it. (which for him means forget it)
Is it just me or does it seem to be pretty foolish to run a walk-in clinic without the proper resuscitation equipment available?
What do you all think?