This happened last night at a local hospital where I have actually shadowed a couple of times.
Hope you can follow the link.
Oct 26, '07
The facts I've gleaned from reading the article:
1. Pt. chose to go to the Emergency Department for back pain. Pt. was able to ambulate, sit in a chair, and drive - his ADLs may have been uncomfortable but not impeded.
2. Pt. chose to act out of criminal intent - intentionally damaging a pulic building, risking the lives of many people, and injuring himself and his mother.
OP, I'm going to be blunt. I'm offended at the flip title you gave your thread. What would I do to "get ahead" in line at the ER? Nothing - ER visits are for life-threatening emergencies or after-hours injuries which require medical attention to prevent further complications. Period. ER triage is not a game to be played.
Last edit by Altra on Oct 26, '07