[font="comic sans ms"]do it all the time as a screening tool for who needs to come back first. (we also start cies). our triage room is enclosed (with doors, not curtains), so we usually keep a 12 lead in there, and do one on just about everyone who c/o chest pain. to run one or not is at the triage nurse's discretion. the ekg is then shown to one of the mds, who will initial it and tell us what they want done -- wait their turn, can stay in the wr but need a work-up started, bring back asap, or bring back now.
i, too, find it fairly frustrating at times that we do ekgs on soooo many people, many of whom end up having chest pain due to cough/bronchitis. however, just when you think you have a person too young to be having true cardiac chest pain, you will end up having the crack/meth abuser that is having cardiac issues. plus, when the 20 year olds with the bs chest pain start fussing in the wr that "i've been out here for four hours, and i'm having chest pain," you can calmly point out that you did, indeed, take their chest pain seriously, but that everything is looking ok for now, so please have a seat!:spin: