Yeah, I feel your pain. Can't tell you how many times I have ran out a room during a code and a patient is standing outside their door "I need my antibiotics, my cold won't get better on it's own."
Or the 4 year old that had to be flown out due to ingesting ~40 clonidine tablets, with the seeker having a fit because "the doctor only gave me nubain."
But when I save
lives, that is what keeps me in the ED. I have a great poker face, and I can ignore and tune out those patients, you know the type I am talking about. I take your complaint seriously. But I also know how people present in severe pain, don't tell me you have 10/10 pain in your head whilst you watch TV and
are on your laptop.
Like a post said above, 95% is BS, but that 5% makes it all worth while. When I work a successful code, it makes my day. When I shove that NG tube down the overdose's nose and put charcoal down, that also makes my day. And giving that
patient the AMA form, that really makes my day