Why, why, why does it seem like we are the dumping ground for the whole medical community? From primary care providers offices, to nursing homes, to the urgent care it just seems like no one wants to be accountable for taking care of patients, so they dump patients in the ED. It's just very frustrating. It's even going to the extreme where nursing homes are sending dying patients by the transport van, instead of by ambulance. Just a couple of days ago, I had a patient that was sent over to the ED from a local nursing home by a local transport service, for altered mental status. Now why was the patient having altered mental status? Because the patient was in third degree heart block. When this patient was hooked up to the cardiac monitor, it showed that the patient's heart rate was nearly asystole. Now why this nursing home chose to send this patient by a transport van instead of by ambulance is beyond me. What if this patient died while in the transport van? The drivers are not even trained in CPR. And apparently this nursing home has sent very sick patients by transport van many times before. This is just a rant, with no particular focus at all. Just frustration with how the medical establishment sees the emergency department as a dumping ground.